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  1. Contemplation Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee are buried alongside each other in the Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, Washington, and the site has become a sort of mini tourist attraction in and of itself.
  2. Um...I honestly don't know. Sort of a standard amount of time for a normal Ferris Wheel? Like, 5 minutes, maybe? Nothing crazy. I wish I had a better answer. But thank you for all your support!
  3. A wonderful park. It's also been about 10 years since I was there. Should probably rectify that. Thanks for reminding me!
  4. Oh, the VIPpiest of VIPs. Of course, there were three of us, and there's only four seats in it anyway. But I believe that even on your own, you get the private cabin, free/included photo, t-shirt, and adult beverage, and are escorted passed the line. Of course, it's $50 per person, but you can't put a price on experience, right? Or, rather, you can, and it's $50.
  5. I prefer the term, "Oddventure Opportunity." Miners Landing is a bit odd, but I really like Wings Over Washington.
  6. "Lody" means ice cream. That's how much Polish I learned. (Actually, I learned Entrance and Exit, too. But have now forgotten them, because they are comically similar to one another.)
  7. Seattle itself no longer has a proper amusement park, but there is a pier with a couple of rides on it, and that's kind of like an amusement park, right? Miners Landing at Pier 57 (With special guest star, Goldballs!) Whatever you may have heard about Seattle's weather, this report will do nothing to refute. Represent. See, because it's a donkey. And this website is about theme parks, roller coasters, and donkeys. So we took a photo with the donkey. Which represents us representing. Miners Landing has convenient parking. Actually, it doesn't. Those cars are special. Like the owners or someone else who doesn't care about show. Parking in Seattle is terrible. Not for us, because we don't own a car. But for non-pier owning car owners, it's real bad. Represent. Tickets for the Seattle Great Wheel are $15. At least, that's the price for a regular ticket. Regular as in normal, average, plain, uninteresting, common, dull. And we here at Erik & Smisty, Inc. are anything but regular. Evergreen Oddventures™ is a top shelf, VIP experience. And it just so happens, there's a VIP ticket. And you hold that ticket in your metaphorical hands simply by reading this thread! Whereas we had to actually pay for it. Are you ready? ARE YOU READY??? Because it's time for...VIP FERRIS WHEELING. Also, there's a drink stand shaped like a lemon. The line that the plebs stand in. Poor non-VIP bastards. Do you see that car? The special one? The VIP gondola? That's where we're gonna be, as we skip the line, but then wait for that car to come back around. Because there's only one VIP gondola. That's what makes it special. Also because it's painted black and has a window in the floor. VIPs get free alcohol. Or rather, a drink is included. Which is the same thing as free. I don't like alcohol. And I am good with money. I ordered a Bellini. Because if I'm going to drink, it's going to be a girl drink. I had one sip. Either myself or the Seattle Great Wheel has no idea what a Bellini is. You know what the little people get? A bench on either side. And a regular floor. And no speakers. God, I pity them. Okay, I'll stop. We certainly picked a lovely day for it! Note that the pier in the foreground is the Seattle Aquarium. The cool rich people get their own sound system. But only if they still own old iPhones. Glass bottom gondola! We get to look right down into the structure! Alright! Gross. This was interesting. If the upstairs food court is open, they make you exit up to it. But if that's closed, then they make you exit into the main part of the building. Okay, time for lunch! What shall it be? Shucky Muckers? No...? How about The Crab Pot? Nah, with my luck, I'd be the guy who ends up looking at the bowl butt during the food pour. We settled on The Fisherman's Restaurant. Which was perfect thematically because they serve fish, and fishermen eat a lot of fish. Andrew got tacos because he has no idea what fishermen eat, but Fisherman's fooled him because they put fish in his tacos! Red velvet cake with red velvet ice cream and a vanilla-braised pineapple spear, plus Misty's ice cream because she just wanted the brownie and is weird. Just outside the Fisherman's Restaurant is this statue of a fish. But also there's room here for a wave swinger or swinging ship or something. Outside seating for the Crab Pot, which I'm sure brings in tons of money during the summer, but I could totally put in like an out and back Gerstlauer Bobsled coaster here. There are actually two ice cream parlors, but I'm just going to show you this one because I like the DEEP FRIED sign. Pirate's Plunder Gift Shop, where they apparently sell Big Foot poop and forget to paint pants on their pirates. I like that you can buy plush for one of their restaurants. Most of the inside of the main building is a long winding hallway that looks like this, with stores, restaurants, and attractions on either side. Pinball always wins you points with me. The Sourdough Bakery offers giant disappointing chocolate chip cookies. Dollywood this is not. This is a bench...maybe? Designed by Native Americans...? Who were really into Prince...? Half of the shooting gallery guns were broken, but the bear farts, so it all evens out. One of the carousel's rules is, "no horseplay." Let that sink in. The Sad and Desperate Fisherman Gift Shop I squatch my family. Peak Miners Landing Mark's Arks was closed, possibly due to the weather, but seems to be a Native American wood carving shop, which would make sense based on much of the decorations around Miners Landing. Sure, the Ferris Wheel is cool and all, but this is the star attraction as far as Smisty and I are concerned. We've been on a few different "flying rides" now--both US Soarin' installations, FlyOver Canada in Vancouver, FlyOver America in Minnesota, This is Holland in Amsterdam--but Wings Over Washington is our favorite. It certainly has the best preshow, featuring a clueless park ranger on his (natch) "first day on the job," and Tiki Room/Country Bear style animal masks on the walls. Mechanically, Wings Over Washington is a bit different, as the floor tilts to vertical to raise the rows up to the screen. The films itself uses wipes and fades rather than smash cuts and features a mystical eagle that helps tie the various locations together a bit. The exit isn't as good as the cool "here's where you've been" gift shops of This is Holland or FlyOver America, but I guess you can't have everything. So, should you visit Miners Landing if you're near Seattle? Yes. Wings Over Washington is awesome. Should you spring for the VIP experience on the Seattle Great Wheel? No, of course not. That's what you have us for.
  8. Well, it could've been two photos shorter, but otherwise great stuff!
  9. Interlude Perhaps my favorite street sign ever once sat at First Avenue and Denny Way in Seattle. Sadly, it has now been replaced with a much less interesting version. But I'll always have my memories--and also this photo, of course.
  10. I loved Legendia. We also skipped the Depression Tour, and were happy to have the extra two hours in the park. Indeed, I would've liked to have had a full day, in retrospect. Didn't make it on the Ferris wheel, and never did figure out what was up with the slow one-car sky ride that was (possibly?) outside of the park. We did ride Diamond River, though, so it definitely took guests. It was...interesting, but I wouldn't kick yourself too much for missing it.
  11. Thanks for the suggestions! This one isn't really our thing, though. You're thinking of nearly everyone else on this site!
  12. In South Central Washington State, there exists a city that really likes dinosaurs. Like, a lot. Granger, Washington: "Where Dinosaurs Roam" Granger was founded in 1902 and named after Walter Granger, inventor of the mechanical pencil and well-known "scaly." Fun fact: The city of Granger loves trash almost as much as it loves dinosaurs, and according to the original town charter, visitors can actually be fined for disposing of rubbish into proper receptacles. Across the street from the park pictured previously is another park, or maybe the same park, I don't know, I'm not a scientist. Pictured here is the Dino Store (which was closed), a public restroom shaped like a volcano (which was also closed, but there were porta potties, so I guess that's a win), and a dinosaur statue (which obviously was never designed to be entered, weirdo). Note the water feature not featuring water. I'm starting to think that Granger has seen better days. Hisey Park (named after Walter Granger's wife, Dino) also features a lake and this ambitiously named "amphitheater." There's a walking path around the lake, but it's not for the faint of heart. Also, every bug lives here, or has at least visited once. There are rewards to walking the path, though, like this gimp apatosaurus. Julie Sharp is not a candidate who is concerned with being endorsed by career politicians. Julie Sharp is a candidate who is concerned with endorsements from dinosaurs and their human pets. Granger is currently home to 32 dinosaurs, and they try to add a new one every year. It was originally started as a way to revitalize their business district, but I'm not entirely convinced that it worked because there wasn't anything in Granger that could be described as a business district. On the other hand, it brought *us* there, and building dinosaur statues was clearly better than the other three ideas that were originally proposed, which were: 1. attempting a world's record for largest swimming pool filled entirely with apple juice, 2. building a 9/11 memorial out near the freeway, or 3. billing themselves as the Center of the Universe. Except for a couple of fast food places located in the two gas stations right off of the highway, this appears to be the only "restaurant" in town. Don't let the boarded up windows scare you. And it's really more of a Mexican grocery store. To be fair, though, the food was really good. One of the previously mentioned gas stations. There's a map of the city in the background on the left that will help you find the various dinosaur statues, should you ever find yourself in Granger. According to this map, there's also supposed to be a statue of a caveman, but we could not find it, and that makes me sad. The, um, 9/11 memorial. So there you have it. Granger, Washington. We went out of our way to visit. But I guess the real question is, should you? Well, let me put it this way: No.
  13. I don't know. The watch thing makes Fremont's claim seem a little more legitimate.
  14. New owners trying to put their stamp on things. Seems like they've been putting some money in, too, though.
  15. A Random Photo That Will Reward Those Who Comb Through The Thread Page By Page Rather Than Navigating Via The Table Of Contents, Though I Don't Really Have A Preference To Be Honest, Do Your Own Thing, Man (An Ongoing Feature, Though Its Name Will Change Each Time I Do It) The Fremont Bridge in Seattle is the most frequently opened drawbridge in the United States.
  16. I'm not sure what a normal amount is, but I feel like I've been to a lot of aquariums, and the Georgia Aquarium is my favorite. Never made it to World of Coke, but I'm happy to see that they have Beverly. Thanks for posting this!
  17. No, thank you. Thank you for creating this site in the first place, and thank you for hosting all of my random mini golf photos for the last 13 years(!)
  18. Seattle Center Seattle Center is a 74-acre park (for lack of a better word). Built for the 1962 World's Fair, but always intended to live on long after, it features a mix of public spaces, and both city and privately run attractions. Some of the attractions featured in this update will likely receive their own, more detailed, updates at some point in the future. But I wanted to start with an overview of what is undoubtedly the cultural and tourism center of Seattle. Seattle Center's most famous tenant is, of course, the Space Needle. Indeed, this attraction is almost synonymous with the city itself. Once the tallest building west of the Mississippi, it's now not even one of the five tallest buildings in Seattle. However, a city ordinance keeps its views intact by forbidding other tall buildings being built around it. Smart. Seattle Center features quite a few different permanent sculptures and other art installations, such as Sonic Bloom, which plays various tones as you walk through it. Don't let the fact that Chihuly Garden and Glass replaced a small amusement park that once stood on the grounds poison you against it. In fact, it's easily my favorite museum anywhere. I admit, however, that I do wish Fun Forest was still here in some form, as I never got to visit it. It honestly doesn't seem like it was that great, but without it, Seattle no longer has a proper amusement park. In the upper left of this photo, you can see the white arches of the Pacific Science Center. And, in the distance, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Peninsula. You are here. Well, ish. I'll get to the Armory in a minute. Anyway, this is a map of Seattle Center. Maybe I should have led with that. If you like fountains, you'll love Seattle Center. Actually, this is a bad example. I mean, the whale tale is a fountain, but it's turned off in this photo. Also, in keeping with the sea creatures theme, there are statues of some fish, a seahorse, and a flying pig. Fisher Pavilion is home (or at least ground zero) to most of the various cultural festivals held in Seattle Center throughout the year. The International Fountain Key Arena, in the background, is currently being renovated. Once home to the NBA's Seattle Supersonics, it is being gutted and rebuilt (keeping only it's outer shell) as a hockey area for an NHL expansion team due to begin play in 2021. They don't have a name yet, but my suggestion is the Seattle Freeze. Fall colors in front of the KEXP building, which is both a radio station and a coffee shop, because Seattle. This display honors August Wilson, who was of course the inventor of doors. The Fountain of Creation is a fountain that celebrates water. (To be fair, it's more like water's role in the creation of life or something, but whatever.) This pagoda thing honors the Lion's Club, which is even sillier. These red tubes commemorate parasitic alien space worms, because you'll believe anything now. (Fleeing human for scale.) Look, another fountain. I feel fully justified in my earlier statement. And who does this one honor? "Ding" This "fountain" separates the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Opera. Because if there's one thing that makes ballet dancers feel valued, it's a constantly wet sidewalk right outside their door. Smisty found her way to the center of the labyrinth that's part of the "Artists at Play" playground. This is her victory stance, and not a gesture of annoyance at my taking this photo. Collections Cafe (right) is part of Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Armory (left) is the one building that predates the World's Fair, and actually was an armory at one point. The Armory is now basically a large food court, with its lower level housing the Seattle Children's Museum. The Seattle Children's Museum will likely not be getting its own update, though, as they won't let us in. Because we don't have children. It's not like we got trespassed or something. Still, you never know. To be clear, I mean that they may change their rules, not that we might one day have children. STOP ASKING. Also built for the 1962 World's Fair, and still running. There are only two stations, though. This one, and the other about a mile downtown at Westlake Center. Of course, there's also a light rail station at Westlake Center, so as long as you don't mind transferring once, you can actually get all the way to Seattle Center from the SEATAC airport via train/monorail. The monorail also travels through MoPop, the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly known as EMP, the Experience Music Project), which was originally meant to be a Jimi Hendrix museum, but covers lots of metaphorical ground now. The John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole was erected in 2012 to honor a local Native American woodcarver who was shot and killed by a Seattle Police Officer in 2012, because he had a knife. Hey, every caption can't be fun. Near the entrance to the Space Needle sits a bronze recreation of "The Feminine One," a sculpture which served as partial inspiration for the design of the Space Needle. Of course, there's lots more to say about the Space Needle. And Seattle, itself. Indeed, all of Washington State! Let's see how much of it we get to...!
  19. Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures Table of Contents Seattle Center Granger, Washington: "Where Dinosaurs Roam" Miners Landing at Pier 57 Luna Park Cafe Riverfront Park (Spokane) Mike 'N' Terry's Outdoor Fun Park (The Putting Zoo)
  20. Stupid technical question: Are two of those photos upside-down, or do they just appear that way to me? Follow up question: If they do look that way to everyone, did no one want to say anything because they just thought it was a bit by me? [Edit: I think I've fixed it. Welcome to a now confusing post!]
  21. I could definitely tell that that there were sections that were better, or at least differently rough. Sure. Tone is something I struggle with sometimes. It's not a bad park. I had a good time. It's just that if someone were to tell me they were going to this park and asked me what rides they couldn't afford to miss, I'm not sure what my answer would be. I mean, "Make sure you look at the flowers," seems a bit substandard. "Check out Tremors' gift shop"? Personally, I don't think most parks need more than four or five coasters. They just need to figure out how to keep the ones they do have in good shape. But the big glaring hole at Silverwood, in my opinion, is the absence of anything even dark ride-adjacent. Still, I've been to worse places.
  22. Hello! Erik here. You may remember Smisty and I from such trip reports as Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland. (Honestly, you really should. It hasn't been that long.) Well, we made a new friend on that trip, and he talked us into going on another short vacation--which he then promptly bailed on. So let this TR serve as Record of Shame for the one know as Goldballs. SILVERWOOD We arrived way too early, as is our trademark. To be fair, though, the park opened at 11:00am, which is rather late in my view. For a park that's only 26 years old, Silverwood has a screwy layout. Here I am about to tunnel under the highway to get from the parking lot to the front gate. Hooray, Dollywood! I know, I know, it's not Dollywood. But look, it kind of is. Just, you know, not as good. So, after entering the park, you then walk along a pathway to a building that is nothing. (But maybe used to be the front gate or ticket booth earlier in the park's history? I don't know. This was our first visit.) You then walk a bit more to a plaza where the train station and carousel are, make a left, cross the railroad tracks, make another left where you walk back perpendicular to the main entrance, squeeze passed what sort of seems like the back of this pizza and magic show building, and then cross the railroad tracks again to get to where most of the park is. There's also a second gate (not open this day) that connects the entry plaza directly to where you're now standing, but why would anybody want to use that? Most of the park's big coasters are in the back. Well, not really the back. More like the left. But effectively the back. This is Timber Terror on the left, just the barest glimpse of Tremors on the right, and a pretty good example of how most of the Silverwood's pathways look down the middle. Also, some random little girl whom I've decided to refer to as Andrew. Buddy! So nice of you to join us! A better look at Tremors. I did like the park's country theming, trees, and landscaping. It was also very clean. But desperately in need of a dark ride and a coaster that I would want to ride twice. The entrance to Timber Terror and the dual lifts of Aftershock. Aftershock is of course a Super Boomerang, by Vekoma--a company I can't make quite as much fun of now that I've been to Poland. Buzzbars, woo! But this ride is rough. It was also rather slow. BUT, if I'm being fair, we were also on the first train of the day and it was a mostly empty train, at that. The ride ops were friendly, though, so that's cool. Tremors had more airtime, but was even rougher. After the ride, Smisty and I agreed that we would start planning our trips around hypercoasters. These "do not stand up" signs are so prevalent that I almost want to google if something happened on this ride.... Every coaster in this park is only capable of running one train, which is why we hit the coasters up early. Silverwood also does that load the train, check the seatbelts, allow the lapbars to come down, check the lapbars thing--so don't expect to not wait long. And just look at this shoddy architecture! That's a joke. I'm making fun of myself for complaining too much. So now you don't have to. Also, we went to this park, so now you don't have to. The famous Tremors gift shop tunnel, which is legitimately cool. I like Timber Terror's train. Okay, well, we came here for the wooden coasters. What did you think, Mist-- Oh. Yikes. Honestly, they're just too rough for us old people. If they were maintained like the landscaping of this place is, I'm pretty sure they'd be great. The park has a full-service restaurant at the front, which is where I originally planned to eat. But you've got to be flexible, you know? This looked pretty good, and it meant we didn't have to walk to the front of the park and then back again, so we went with it. Basically, this is an all-you-can-eat BBQ place inside the park's picnic area, which I thought was interesting. Cool, a rapids ride! Nope. But Smisty will take a photo of Tremors through a hole in the fence of the rapids ride. Man, this place is hideous. Hey, it's the Roaring 20s Corkscrew (but minus one train). (I'm not crazy here, right? This used to have two trains when it was at Knott's.) I do like the way they ran this car ride under Corkscrew. I mean, this photo doesn't show that, but that's on me. Another cool thing about Silverwood is that each restroom has a different name (Lonnie's Lou, Outhouses, Thunder Creek Relief Station, etc.) It's a small thing--maybe even a weird thing--but I really like it. Log Flume! It's not called log flume. Actually, it might be. Fine, I'll look it up. "Roaring Creek Log Flume" That was worth it. This is awesome. That's how you do it. Now they just need a dark ride. The Quiet Garden was nice. It's just some benches and trees and birdhouses. Would be a nice place for a dark ride. They kind of all are, Silverwood. They kind of all are. I have seen one of these before, and I think they're great. I don't think the little girl in the front ("Andrew") does, though. Back to the front of the park. Or, really, like the middle. The layout is weird. Where the park grows its plants? Weirdly front of house, but why not? (You can't actually go in, though. You just get to look at it.) There's certainly room for expansion. The water park is off that way. Also, closed for the season. Someone has set up this giant chess set like its checkers and I am unaccountably angry about it. I will also applaud Silverwood for not having a lot of Halloween event theming all over the place. This was the only indication I saw (other than a few advertisements) that they were going to have an event at all. These buildings were built so that the train didn't feel lonely. But they also have things in them, like candy! The front of the park also features a country-style carousel. Train station theming. Okay, so the train is actually the park's main attraction. In that, it's the longest ride there, it's the entire reason the park was even built, and its layout takes up a huge amount of space, while the actual theme park is sort of wedged into a corner. There's a story to the train ride. Well, actually, there are like, four or five stories that don't particularly make sense together. But I'll try. So, there was an expedition by a famous explorer to see if they could find Bigfoot, but the expedition went missing. So now you're part of another expedition put together by his daughters to go find the first expedition and also maybe Bigfoot but lookout for train robbers because the Marshall says there's been reports but it's okay because the expedition leader has a gun that she wants you to know is fake (I assume because this is Idaho and at least some of the guests on the train are probably armed and likely just stupid enough to shoot at a cast member who has a fake gun) and also would you like to buy some popcorn? Bison. They have nothing to do with the story. (I think?) Here the train stops to be robbed (weird decision, that) by an Australian dude and a Frenchwoman. (Did I mention that the expedition is allegedly English? Because it is.) There's also a bit of a stunt show here. Oh! And some guests give them real money, which they keep and give to charity or something...? And then we're in the fairy woods and there are spitting trolls oh what the actual fudge!? No one told me I was going to get wet on the train ride. Heading back to the park. Along the road. Even though the train has like 300 acres to play with. Goodbye, Silverwood. I like you, but you don't actually deserve it. It's like we're back at Duinrell. I've never seen one of these before, but I like the look of it.
  23. I don't feel like I need to go back to Poland--except, Legendia was great. I meant to investigate the skyride thing. I'm sure it was closed, but I just wanted to know what it was all about. Maybe it takes you out to some remote parking lot? It was definitely outside of the park. Much to my surprise, Lech was the coaster of the trip for me.
  24. You know, having never been to Drievliet before, and not having done any real researched, I just assumed that Formule X was the park's big new ride. In fact, I assumed that until just now when I read your update! I really liked Drievliet. It was cute and interesting and fun. I would've called it the surprise of the trip, until we got to Legendia. Duinrell, on the other hand...well, I was going to say, "is a park." But it's not really, is it?
  25. Well, that's very nice to hear. But I for one am glad it's over. It took me a month! At least I can console myself that Chuck, Larry, and AJ are still on Holland parks.
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