The Trip Reports


A Trip Report, the individual telling of one' s time.  It's kinda like "How I Spent my Summer Vacation", except  that instead of detailing whole vacations, you detail a visit to one attraction.  Some have likend it to anwering the survey card question "How was your visit?"   In the pursuit of riding rollercoasters and visiting amuement parks, I have had the opportunity to visit a lot of attractions.  What I endeavor to do in this part of my website is to share those expeirneces with you.  At the same time, I am preserving some of my own life experiences for me to enjoy later on in life.  I once had an English teacher who said "The palest ink outlives the strongest memory". With that notion in mind, I have decided to branch out from doing just amusement park trip reports.  You may say I had already started to do that when I added my Tour of Italy trip report several years ago, but now I am officially taking the direction of starting to move Coasterville away from being a roller coaster site, to being a site about Coasterville's life. Other websites have done a much better job at detailing the factual sides of the great hobby we call rolller coaster riding, so I am redirecting my own website to what makes my experiences in the hobby unique: me.  So sit back, and elect a topic of interest, enjoy your time in my Journal.

I have divided my experiences into

Amusement Parks and Family Entertainment Centers

Adventure City

Stanton, CA

3/10/01

Americana Amusement Park

LeSourdsville, OH

See LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park

Animal Kingdom

Orlando, FL

2005 Trip

Arnold's Park

Arnolds Park, Iowa

8/30/03

Beech Bend Park

Bowling Green, KY

5/28/06 5/25/08

Belmont Park

San Diego, CA

3/10/01  6/23/06

Big Chief Kart and Coaster World

Wisconsin Dells, WI

See Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park

Bland's Park

Tipton, PA

See Del Grosso's Amusement Park

Busch Gardens Africa

Tampa, FL

12/6/95 , 2/11/00 2/10/06  2/11/06

Busch Gardens Europe

Williamsburg, VA

7/8/94

California Advenutre (Disney's)

Anahiem, CA

3/13/01

Camp Snoopy

Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN

See Park at Mall of America, The

Canada's Wonderland

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

6/13/95

Carowinds

Charlotte, NC

9/6/04

Cedar Point

Sandusky, OH

7/89 , 8/14/01 , 5/14/02-5/15/02 6/15/07 7/13/09 9/1/11-9/2/11

Coney Island (NY) - (Astroland, etc.)

New York City, NY

6/25/99

Coney Island (OH)

Cincinnati, OH

7/23/96, 9/6/99 , 7/1/01  7/4/03&7/6/03 7/4/04  7/4/05 6/21/08&7/4/08

Darien Lake

Buffalo, NY

6/21/99

Del Grosso's Amusement Park

Tipton, PA

6/22/00

Disney/MGM Studios

Orlando, FL

12/2/95, 7/18/00 2005 Trip

Disneyland

Anahiem, CA

3/12/01

Dollywood

Pigeon Forge, TN

7/17/97 9/3/04 (Also includes Dixie Stampede)

Dorney Park

Allentown, PA

6/20/00

Dutch Wonderland

Lancaster, PA

6/24/00

EPCOT Center

Orlando, FL

12/3/95 2005 Trip

Fantasy Farm Amusement Park

Middletown, OH

10/90 *Note: This park has closed forever*

Gatlinberg Fun Mountain

Gatlinberg, TN

7/18/97

Geauga Lake

Cleveland, OH

9/2/00 5/12/02 6/16/07

Ghost Town In The Sky

Maggie Valley, NC

7/14/97  Pictoral Feature

Great Escape, The

Lake George, NY

6/23/99

Hersheypark

Hershey, PA

6/22/00-6/23/00

Holiday World and Splashin' Safari

Santa Claus, IN

5/29/96&7/22/96 , 6/11/99 , 5/5/00-5/6/00 , 5/11/01-5/12/01 , 5/31/02-6/1/02

5/30/03-5/31/03   10/1/05  5/26/06-5/27/06  5/18/07-5/19/07 5/23/08-5/24/08

5/29/09-5/30/09 8/6/09  9/26/09 6/4/10-6/5/10 9/18/10

  6/3/10-6/4/11 9/17/11

  6/1/12-6/2/12

Indiana Beach

Monticello, IN

5/17/02 8/5/09

Islands Of Adventure

Orlando, FL

2/9/00-2/10/00

Kennywood

Pittsburgh, PA

7/8/96 , 9/3/00 , 5/13/02 8/12/06 10/8/06 10/7/07

Kentucky Kingdom

Louisville, KY

See Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom

Kings Dominion

Richmond, VA

7/6/94

Kings Island *Home Park*

Kings Mills, OH

Older Visits , 4/18/1999 , 5/15/99 , 5/31/99 , 6/12/99-6/13/99 , 10/24/99 , 10/31/99

4/16/00 , 4/28/00 , 4/30/00 , 5/29/00 , 7/9/00 , 10/21/00 , 11/5/00

6/17/01 ,10/20/01 ,11/5/01

4/7/02 ,  4/14/025/19/02 , 8/11/02

4/12/03  4/23/03 5/29/03  6/8/03  7/5/03

4/18/04 5/2/04 5/23/04 6/26/04&6/27/04 8/15/04  8/29/04 10/02/04

Feb-May, 2005 Oct-Nov, 2005 Winterfest (11/26/05)

2/25/06 (ACE Winter SOAR) 4/23/06 7/9/06 7/16/06 10/1/06 10/26/06

4/22/07  4/29/07  5/28/07 7/1/07 7/22/07 8/4/07 (KIC:The Event) 8/18/07 9/28/07  10/27/07

4/27/08 6/29/08 9/26/08 10/25/08

4/18/09 4/26/09 5/9-10/09 5/17/09 5/31/09 6/21/09 8/9/09  10/17/09 10/18/09 11/1/09

4/30/10 5/9/10 6/6/10  8/15/10  8/29/10 9/4/10

 4/28/11 6/12/11  6/26/11 7/3/11

 4/30/12 5/6/12  6/3/12  6/22/12

Knoebels Amusement Resort

Elysburg, PA

6/21/00 , 10/7/00 10/7/06 10/6/07

Knott's Berry Farm

Buena Park, CA

3/14/01

Knott's Camp Snoopy

Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN

See Park at Mall of America, The

Lake Winne(pesaukah)

Marietta, GA

9/4/04

Lakemont Park

Altoona, PA

6/22/00 10/8/06

Las Vegas, NV

- Circus Circus Adventuredome

- Sahara (Speed!)

- Stratosphere Tower

- Star Trek: The Experience

- New York, New York

5/24/03

5/30/04

2008 Trip

2009 Trip (No Rides)

LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park

Middletown, OH

1996 , 6/12/99 , 8/8/99 , 6/7/02 , 7/4/02 , 8/10/02 , 9/15/02

** Note: This park is currently standing but not operating *

Magic Kingdom (Disney's)

Orlando, FL

12/4/95 2005 Trip

Magical Midway (Star Flyer)

Orlando, FL

2/12/06

Martin's Fantasy Island

Grand Island, NY

6/22/99

Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park

Wisconsin Dells, WI

8/31/02 9/3/05&9/4/05 8/31/07

Morey's Piers

Wildwood, NJ

6/19/00

Ober Gatlinburg

Gatlinberg, TN

7/12/94

Old Town (and Katanga)

Kissimme, FL

2/9/00 *Note: Katanga has closed forever * 2/12/06

Paramount Canada's Wonderland

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

See Canada's Wonderland

Paramount's Carowinds

Charlotte, NC

See Carowinds

Paramount's Kings Dominion

Richmond, VA

See Kings Dominion

Paramount's Kings Island

Kings Mills, OH

See Kings Island

Park at Mall of America, The

Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN

9/1/02 9/2/05&9/6/05 9/4/07

Playland, (Rye)

Rye, NY

6/25/99

Playland's Castaway Cove

Ocean City, NJ

6/19/00

Race World

Pigeon Forge, TN

7/21/00  *NOTE: This park has closed forever*

Rye Playland

Rye, NY

See Playland, (Rye)

Scandia Family Fun Center

Ontario, CA

3/10/01

Seabreeze

Rochester, NY

6/22/99

Six Flags Darien Lake

Buffalo, NY

See Darien Lake

Six Flags Great Advenutre

Jackson, NJ

6/24/99

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom

Louisville, KY

7/29/96&5/27/97 , 5/2/99 , 6/11/99 , 4/1/00 , 6/2/02   5/26/03  5/30/03  10/2/05

5/29/06 5/20/07 5/31/09

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Valencia, CA

3/12/01

Six Flags Ohio

Cleveland, OH

See Geauga Lake

Six Flags Over Georgia

Atlanta, GA

9/5/04

Six Flags St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

8/7/09

Six Flags World's of Adventure

Cleveland, OH

 See Geauga Lake

Stratosphere Tower

Las Vegas, NV

See Las Vegas

Stricker's Grove

Ross, OH

5/26/97&8/10/97 , 6/16/99 , 5/31/00 10/2/04 8/14/05 8/13/06 6/17/07 10/14/07 6/15/08 6/21/09

6/20/10 6/12/11 6/17/12

Timber Falls

Wisconsin Dells, WI

9/4/05 8/31-9/1/07

Universal Studios Florida

Orlando, FL

Older Visit , 2/10/00

Universal Studios Hollywood

Hollywood, CA

6/22/06

Valleyfair!

Shakopee, MN

8/30/02&9/01/02 9/2/05 9/1/07-9/2/07

William's Grove

Mechanicsburg, PA

6/23/00  *Note: Park is standing but not operating***

Wonderpark

Cincinnati Mills Mall, Cincinnati, OH

4/27/02 2/8/03

Wyandot Lake

Powell, OH

8/15/01 *Note: Park is standing but not operating, to reopen in 2008 under a different name*

Fairs and Carnivals

Florida State Fair

Tampa, FL

2/9/06  2/10/06

Hamilton County Fair

Cincinnati, OH

8/7/04

Minnesota State Fair

St. Paul, MN

8/29/02&9/2/02 9/1/05&9/5/05 8/30/07&9/3/07

Ohio State Fair

Columbus, OH

8/16/96  8/15/01 8/7/05 8/11/06

Oktoberfest

Munich, Germany

9/27/10

Osceola County Fair

Kissimme, FL

2/12/06

Summerfair @ Cincinnati Mall

Cincinnati, OH

7/15/10

Van Wert County Fair

Van Wert, OH

9/3/11

Dave's Real World Adventures! (Non amusement ride related)

California

United States of America

Includes

  • San Francisco
    • Muir Woods
    • Twin Peaks
    • Wine Country
    • Sonoma
    • Sausalito
    • Fisherman's Wharf (Pier 39)
    • Cable Car Ride
    • San Francisco Cathedral
    • Driving tour of city
    • more..
  • Salinas
  • Monteray
  • Carmel
    • Carmel Mission
  • Scenic Highway 1
  • San Luis Obispo
    • San Luis Obpiso Mission
  • Solvang
  • Santa Barbara
    • Santa Barabra Mission
  • Los Angeles
    • Hollywood Bowl
    • Hollywood Blvd.
    • Beverly Hills
    • Queen Mary at Long Beech
    • Port's O Call Village
    • Mary Star of the Sea, San Pedro
    • Los Angeles Cathedral
    • Universal Studios
  • San Deigo
    • Belmont Park
    • Seaport Village
    • Coronado Island
    • San Diego Mission
  • And much much more
6/16/06-6/24/06

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Chicago, IL

8/1/09

Cirque Du Soleil - Quidam

Cincinnati, OH

8/27/06

Climb The Carew (Fight For Air) Stairclimb

Cincinnati, OH (Carew Tower)

2/28/10

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Cincinnati, OH

4/3/10 5/29/10

EnterTRAINment Junction

West Chester, OH

2/27/10 - Includes ACE Winter SOAR

Florida Trip 2011

Includes: Seminole Casino, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Captain Bligh's Mini Golf

10/22/10 - Flight Down and getting settled in

10/22/10 - Seminole Casino

COMING SOON!

Germany, Austria, Hungary

(Tentative itinerary)

Germany

  • Munich
    • Marienplatz
    • Frauenkirche Cathedral
    • Nymphenburg Palace
    • Oktoberfest!!!!!

    • Hofbauhaus
  • NEUSCHWANSTEIN
    • Mad King Ludwig’s Castle
  • OBERAMMERGAU
    • 2010 Passion Play!

Austria

  • Salzburg
    • Hellbrunn Palace
    • Festival Hall
    • Mirabelle Gardens
    • St Peter’s Churchyard
    • Romanesque Cathedral
    • Nonnberg Convent of Benedictine nuns
    • Fortress Hohensalzburg
    • Soundof Salzburg Dinner Show
  • Vienna
    • Hofburg
    • State Opera House
    • Empress Maria Theresa Monument
    • Votive Church
    • City Hall
    • Belvedere Palace
    • Prater Amusement Park
    • St Stephen’s Cathedral
    • Schöenbrunn Palace

Hungary

  • Budapest
    • Parliament
    • Royal Palace
    • Heroes’ Square
    • Market Hall
    • Fisherman’s Bastion
    • Church of St Stephen
    • Elizabeth Bridge over the Danube
    • Buda Hills
    • Citadel on Mount Gellert
    • Matthias Coronation Church

9/26/2010 - 10/5/2010

Ireland

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Burren
  • Galway
  • Connemara (Marble Company)
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Croagh Patrick
  • Knock Shrine
  • Galway Cathedral
  • Bunratty Folk Park
  • Bunratty Castle Medevil Banquet
  • Adare
  • Tralee
  • Slea Head
  • Dingle Peninsuala
  • Gallarus Oratory
  • Killarney Cathedral
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Sneem
  • Killarney National Park
  • Jaunting Car Ride
  • Googhanbarra
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cork
  • Waterford Crystal
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Holy Cross
  • Kilkenny
  • Wicklow Mountains
  • Avoca Weavers
  • Glendalough
  • Dublin
  • and much, much more
9/2/08 - 9/11/08

Italia (Italy)/Vatican City (Holy See)

  • Venice
    • San Marco Sqaure and Cathedral
    • Morreno Glass Factory
    • Gondola Ride
  • Ravenna
    • City Tour
    • Basilica of St. Vitale
    • St. Apollinarie church
  • Assisi
    • City Tour
    • St. Francis Cathedral
    • St. Claire
    • Basilica di S. Maria degli Angeli
  • Rome
    • Driving tour of city
    • Catacombs
    • Forum
    • Colloseum
    • St. Ignatius
    • Pantheon
    • Victor Emmaneul Mommument
    • St. John Lateran
    • St. Peter in Chains
  • Vatican City
    • St. Peters Basilica (including climb to cupola)
    • Vatican Museum
  • And much much more...
11/12/01-11/20/01

Newport Aquarium (Oceanic Adventures)

Newport, KY

9/4/06

Oktoberfest Cincinnati Style

Cincinnati, OH

2011

Purple People Bridge Cl!mb - a Bridge Climb

Over the Ohio River, Base Camp: Newport, KY

9/4/06

Red's Hall of Fame and Museum

Cincinnati, OH

9/6/06

Ride The Ducks!

Newport, KY

8/7/10

St. Louis Gateway Arch

St. Louis, MO

8/8/09
WEBN Riverfest

Cincinnati, OH

9/4/11

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