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  1. That was what he was saying even. Originally, I wanted to see about just doing the face with no background, but the issue of the name showing through was a problem, but when I asked him about keeping the background, he said that he could do it, so he just extended the hatch portion down to cover the name. It did come out very well. Thanks for the compliment, and I enjoyed sharing -Gary T.
  2. I have to admit that when I was with my ex Melissa (split since August of this past year), We did the names of one another thing with her name being right above my left ankle......I have now learned my lesson. On the bright side, I was able to cover it earlier today with one of a partial Raptor logo (The face and background, but no words). It is very fitting to me in a couple different ways: - It was my first big coaster, and being such was one of the first times in my childhood that I faced something I was afraid of head on, and also was a spark for what I consider to be one of my personal passions - It is representative of how going to different theme parks is a way for me to enjoy life, even when things are not going so well, and is kind of fitting that I cover something that is connected to one of the toughest things I have ever had to face with something that has been a great source of cheering up when times are tough. Originally, the artist that did it was going to color in the eyes and beak like the logo, but as the outline was comming along, I thought it looked cool the way it was, and he felt the same, saying that it was unlike anything he had done before. He described it as being kind of like taking a piece of wood, and carving the face into it. -Gary T. The name was in the solid black area just under the beak Another view without the flash this time
  3. AWESOME! One of my picures was made into a postcard! That is actually pretty cool emiroo, I hadn't thought of that picture that way -Gary T.
  4. Hey everyone, the past few weeks have been hectic, and today has really been the one day I could do my last update since I am home feeling like someone stuffed sludge up into my sinuses. I toughed it out yesterday, but couldn't today. I did think that it would be a good idea to wrap up my Florida Finale PTR with a look at SeaWorld, and a brief stop to Adventure Landing in Jacksonville on the way back. And now some thoughts about my day at SeaWorld: This was one of my other most anticipated parks as I had heard great things about Kraken and Manta, and I enjoyed going to SeaWorld in San Antonio with TPR back in July. If there was one theme of the day it was.........HOLY SH*T IT'S COLD!!!! After going through a great weather day with Michael at Universal that saw temps in the mid to high sixties, this day started with the temperature around 37 degrees, which would come with a delay in the openning of Manta and Kraken. What I did until they did open up was to take a spin on Atlantis (didn't turn out as bad as the day before with Popeye twice in the freeze factor), took in a couple shows, Blue Horizons and Believe which were both enjoyable, and then I gained my Shamu Credit. By the time I got the Shamu Express credit, the other two had opened, Kraken with a line around 20 minutes by the time I got in, and Manta going overflow at around 70 minutes. So this would lead to a day with only one ride on each of the coasters, but that was just fine as it leaves me wanting to go back for more! -Journey to Atlantis: It is good to know that they are going to put some money into fixing it up to what it used to be, as it was very hard to tell what was going on with the story as you rode. If the sound was more clear, it would have improved the ride greatly. Still more to it than its Texas counter part, and an enjoyable ride -Shamu Express: This thing was much bigger than its San Antonio counterpart, and had a rather short line interestingly, even being right after Believe, and a day where there were many kids. -Kraken: After going on the TPR Texas trip, I felt the Superman was definately THE best floorless I had been on. After riding Kraken, it wasn't so clear. Superman provides an awesome ride, and has the advantage of being on the side of the rock wall, but Kraken provided an awesome ride as well, so I have a hard time determining which was better. I especially enjoyed the portion of the ride after the MCBR. -Manta: While this was by far the longest that I waited for any ride on this trip was not as bad since the tanks alongside with the different sea-life were there to look at, and the ride itself was awesome! By far my favorite flyer. I loved the way it flys all around the paths nearby, and also how there are a few good close moments, like when nearly hitting the waterfall around the end of the course. I really enjoyed my visit to SeaWorld, and look forward to the opportunity to return in the future. It was a great feeling to have when I realized that now being done with college, it is possible to take trips like this, and I am hope to do more again in the future! Before I put up the pictures, here are a few fun stats from this trip: -Total Miles Driven: Just Shy of 2000 (1100 of them in the first 24 hours of the trip) -Parks Visited: 13 -Coasters Ridden: 26 I also want to thank everyone for checking out my updates, and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the travels that I went on while on this trip. And now..........(Que 80's style music) IT'S THE FINAL UPDATE!!!!! This way to the last major park of my Florida adventure Sea World! I don't care how cold it is, that is a pretty sight first thing in the morning! Going into the park Oh yeah, it is a cold one! Even Shamu thought it was cold today! A purty coaster, just too cold for it to be going yet signature sign shot Kraken wants it to warm up too, but it will just have to wait Until then, we will go ahead and take a spin on Journey Splash! An upclose look at the flume style drop The portion that leads to the coaster style part of the ride Comming back out after the coaster portion of the ride And this is what the result of riding was, what may be an acceptable amount of wetness This was the point in which I thought it would be a good time to take in a show, the first would be Blue Horizons You mean nobody is brave enough to sit in the splash zone while it is still in the low 40's? Well, I am......... ....not that brave, I will happily take a seat away from the water Well, there is one brave kid And the show begins "Noooo, don't jump! It freezing!" Idiot I'll bet she has a pair of diamond cutters on her chest Woops, they forgot to remove their dead animals from the water This makes me wonder why Six Flags hasn't decided to do some kind of an Aquaman show at their parks with sea life Flipper! This show even has some high divers Dolphin Skiing A flock of flying dolphins And the shows Finale Time to go see Shamu! This is the first time I have seen concessions convieniently placed at the stadium.....did what it was intended to, as I picked up some popcorn! An overview of the stadium No brave souls for the splash zone again. Well, nevermind "...and now that he is gone, little boys like this can live without fear of being taken advantage of on the Neverland Ranch!" Free Willie moment You know he's not on a boat How cute, he is teaching whales how to solute a German dicator Dances with Whales, staring Roseanne Barr "I....HATE......WHALES!!!!!!" "AHHHHHHHH!!!!!" This is what happens when you stomp on whales "And for just 5 easy payments of 9999.99 and protests by PETA, you too can walk on water like Jesus!" Woops, they left their dead whales in the air above the water Big Bigger! I think the temps were just heating up.....to the high 40's After the show, it was time for some more riding, this time, the Shamu Express Why would I not be surprised if someone thought this doubled as a submarine? Stilt Band and flying elves Now I think is a good time for some bigger coasters! We'll start with a spin on Kraken What's crakin' Kraken?! Into the pit..... .....and back out Off of the midcourse A great ride indeed! Now it is time for this beast! Signature Shot And another Through the falls One of the best near misses on a roller coaster! And we end the visit to SeaWorld with some love for Manta....Facebook style!! Thus we come to the last location of the Florida tour....Adventure Landing Wacky Worm time! This is comforting to see And this ends the Florida Finale of 2009! Thank you all for checking it out, and I hope you all enjoyed. If you ever happen to be at a park when I am, feel free to say hey!
  5. This looks like a great deal, can't wait to get in for some of the different park events! Quick question though, will you be putting up a list of all benefits and perks for all to see on the site somewhere, or is it going to be something where you get that after you join? I only ask becuase there may be some people who may hesitate to join because of feeling like they wouldn't get as much out of it because they don't intend to go on the trips, and they may not live near one of the already mentioned parks. Yet if there was an accessable list of all benefits and perks for all to see, that may convince others to join as well. -Gary T.
  6. A better question may be what would Jurassic Park be like on the Moon if Dick Kinzel was running it? -Gary T.
  7. I actually stayed at a super 8 that was a bit on the Dumpy side, but it was a place with a bed, so it was fine by me. I think the place you are talking about is close to it though, was it just about right off of International Drive? -Gary T.
  8. Hey everyone! I know it has been a while since the last update, but the weekends end-up being the best time for me to do updates, and the past couple have been pretty busy, but we have a workday tomorrow because of the weather here in NC tomorrow, so some of the stuff I was planning on doing today is on pause until tomorrow so I can do it at the school as opposed to at home. Now that I got that covered, here is the next update from my adventure in Florida....the Universal Resort, with a special guest, Michael, a.k.a. TheRapidsNerd! The parks of Universal are the only parks I had previously visited in Florida before, and because of this as well as having company at the park, I did not get as many pictures as I would have normally, but I did get some shots of the headline rides, and some of the new additions since I had last been. Overall, I had a good day, and was much better when I had a chance to hang out with Michael as there were many laughs to be had, some good conversation, and one of the dumbest things I have ever done at a theme park in cooler weather that included riding Popeye and Bluto twice in a row......still a great ride though. And now for the pictures: -Gary T And thus ends this update at Universal. Thanks for checking it out! One last update to go for SeaWorld and Adventure Landing in Jacksonville. And we decided to bring the night to an end with a round of Spider-Man! Thanks to Michael for hanging out with me for the day! It was a great time, and hope to do it again the next time I happen to be in the area! A quick return to IOA, and we see that this is about as close to riding a coaster as we will see our nerd for rapids friend Poor Universal Studios is suffering from a case of Blue Balls! A look at the Simpsons at night The most epic round of MiB, with Michael going double! Michael decided to go all Facebook with the Rockit support Showing my love for Rockit! This was the point in which we both decided a change of clothes and some food would be a good idea, then back to the studio side! Okay, as you can see, he does have a face! Tired of seeing the back of his head yet? Well.......... And here he is, fulfilling one of his wettest dreams... Speaking of Michael, here we have him taking a picture of Mavel Superhero Island The Jurassic Discovery Center, the location of one of the best moments of the day....Michael, you may have to upload the video to this thread! The one thing that unfortunatly is changed which I think they could have left as it was....Dueling Dragons. Who knows though, maybe they will make it cool still as the Dragon Challenge Still a good bit to go, but some of the details are well done! a brief look at the new Harry Potter area A look from the other side of the pond Hulk time! It was about this point in which Michael was able to join the festivities, and switch gears to the Islands side. The same day that I was at Universal, the University of Wisconsin Marching Band was in town, I believe they were playing a bowl game within the next couple of days in the area. Jaws! Hanging out at Cyberdon! I am kind of surprised that this has not yet been replaced yet. Still a good show though A classic ride Would have been better if it was a place where you could get some kind of frozen beverage, but still a cool touch! The part where you wait to get into the individual rooms was a cool touch though. While it was a fun ride, I had to admit that I would have rather seen Back to the Future saved. Rockit in the distance Men in Black in the distance Mummy had not yet been finished last time I was here. The effects were not quite as impressive as I thought they would be, but it was still a great ride. Pseudo Loopage! Wooosh! If there is one thing I thought of when I first saw this ride...it looks like someone designed it on Roller Coaster Tycoon. Shrek seems to think it was a good idea I think we will start the day off at the Studio side Like I said before......well, maybe not such a closet case fan anymore One of the rids they added since my last visit, this thing had some wicked airtime! The first version of "Choose Thy Fate" you encounter while on the resort Heading down to CityWalk Heading down the walkway HULK! An awesome ride! Just about there I see a Rockit in the distance A little cool for Wet n' Wild The hotel I stayed at was within walking distance, so I took advantage of this so as to not pay for parking. Nothing better to start the day then seeing rides in the distance!
  9. While not quite on the "height restrictions" topic, There is a arecent story from life that does have to do with parents and their desire to sue...... So one day last week at the school I teach at, a parent comes in and is pissed because her kid had his cell phone taken away since he wasn't supposed to have it out. She threw most of her anger about that at the kid, but then got more angry at our poor secretary because she paid for her kid to go to the school's Valentine's Day Dance shortly after he returned from being suspended.......signing his permission form that stated that kids who had been suspended would not be permitted, and no refunds given. So she starts demanding that she be able to get her money back because "I would really hate to have to call an attorney for seven dollars"........While it was most likely a scare tactic on her part, I would love to be at this meeting that she would have with the attorney if she actually tried, and watch as he/she laughs their ass off at this woman. -Gary T.
  10. Hey everyone, Here is my next update which covers my stop at Fun Spot and Old Town in Kissimmee the evening after I went to BGA. A few thoughts on the two places before the pictures Fun Spot: I am not sure what it was about this place, but it just felt very random. Between having some rides and random Monster Trucks and race cars sitting around to a statue of a middle aged-white collar worker, this place seemed to be a place that went to the beat of it's own drum. The one thing I wish I had a bit of extra cash for would have been the 300 foot tall sky coaster. I have done the ones at Kings Island, Michigan's Adventure, Cedar Point and Kennywood before, and have really enjoyed them. Overall, this place seems like a good way to spend an hour or so if you are at one of the nearby hotels Old Town: This shopping complex with an amusement park had a really cool feel to it, especially with that old 1950's era feel to it. This was the kind of place that you could spend an evening in, taking a few rides, browse through a few stores, and enjoy a couple drinks at one of the bars. I would definately stop by for another visit for a couple hours to really check out the shops. On to the pictures, which are a bit on the shorter side as the camera battery was about to go dead, but I hope you enjoy! -Gary T. And one last picture for this update.....up next will be a day at Universal! Thanks for checking it out. I love the "speed" factor of this picture....as in it looks faster than it actually is And the Windstorm! I hope the one from Fun Forest finds a new home, as these ride definately pack a pretty big punch. WACKY WORM!!!!! The other rides area of Old Town Another look down the street Old Town seems like a cool place to hangout in for a couple hours This may be the best clock ever! And in case you forgot already.... Next on the agenda...Old Town And we end the Fun Spot portion of this PTR with a statue of a middle-aged white collar worker....how could you ever leave this place without a picture of this guy?!?!?! POV! Although I did not realize this had man eating hippos if you fall off, so I better hang on! The main reason for stopping....another kiddie coaster!!! Going for artsy again Never seen this version of the Disk'o coaster before A look at a few rides at Fun Spot Like I said.....closet case NASCAR fan Bigfoot with 10 foot tires weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! At the top..... and 3.........2.........1...... "I've gotta feva...and the cure....is MORE SKYCOASTA!!!!" Going for the artsy "reflection off the water" picture Riders on the skycoaster.....would have loved to try it out, maybe next time. I had never seen one of these in person before! Fun Spot is our next stop, with the 300 ft skycoaster hanging out behind the sign!
  11. Apollo's Chariot, Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, Tennessee Tornado, Big Bad Wolf (when it was still open), Superman at SFA, and the Beast Those are some of my favorite Night Ride coasters -Gary T.
  12. Hey everyone! Thanks for the compliments and for checking out my PTR so far. I apologize for the delay in my updates, but having the school year start back up, my time has been mainly spent doing my lesson plans and getting caught up in my grading of student work, so I have not had as much time to do updates, but certainly will when time is available. You certainly won't see me complain about official updates by Robb, Elissa or others on this site as I have an even better understanding of how tough it can be to manage everyday life, then to try to do updates from trips on top of it. But that is what is nice about having some free time, I can make the updates when it comes, so here is my next one.....Busch Gardens Africa! It was a colder day than I thought it would be, so I had to grab a sweatshirt to put under my jacket as I did not anticipate it being that cool while I was in Florida, but I would learn otherwise two days later at Sea World when I got there to the tune of high-30 degree weather! The previous day was spent visiting five different places all over Florida, and this was after my first night of sleep in about two days. While it wasn't a full night, it was still better than nothing. I was intending to stay at the park until about 2-4, that way I could stop in Kissimmee for the two parks there, and then possibly make a run to Universal that night to pick-up my pass and maybe have a little time that night at one of the parks. Now some thoughts about Busch Gardens. My initial thought about this park was that it was going to be a bit more plain than Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, as the African theme seemed like there was only but so much you could do with. I was quite surprised to see how well they did with it, and how nice the landscaping was all over the park. That taught me to doubt the former AB parks. One thing that really seemed to stick out about BGA is the fact that you can get very close to many of the coasters, which is a very cool feature! I don't think there are as many places in BGE where you can get THAT close to the coasters. I did not have very many re-rides on the coasters as I wanted to try and get up to Orlando before it got too late, and the crowds really picked up in the afternoon. So I took a bit of advice I had read on here and started with Gwazi, went over to SheiKra, and went through the loop to get all of the credits. I skipped the Lion side of Gwazi the first time by because after I did two rides on the Tiger side, they shut down the Lion side for someone having a bloody nose, so I figured I could catch it on the way out. I also held off on Cheetah Chase and Rhino Rally until after I got my ride on Montu as they both had longer lines. Here are my thoughts on the different rides: -Gwazi: I really enjoyed the Tiger side, it reminded me a lot of Roar! from SFA, and I have come to really like Roar, so I enjoyed the Tiger side, as it had some good speed, and fun transitional turns. The Lion side......not so much. This thing had a wicked shuffle that could have gotten it a job at one of the Indian Casinos of Florida. It wasn't terrible, but it was enough to make one ride enough for the time being. I would ride it again, but I certainly hope the do some work on it like they did for the Tiger side, as I think that is what made the difference. -SheiKra: This was one ride that surpassed my expectations. I did not think I would enjoy it as much as Griffon, but there was a time where I started to think that I may like it even more than Griffon. I still have not quite figured it out yet which I like better. What made SheiKra awesome was how it kind of leisurely exits the immelmann, making for a cool sensation. I also really enjoyed the second half of the ride, with the underwater tunnel and the turnaround to the splash. A great ride that was better than I expected it to be! -Kumba: Okay, a little personal story about Kumba. Back when I was just staring to get into roller coasters, a time when Cedar Point bragged about having the largest coaster collection at 12, I first saw the original "America's Greatest Roller Coaster Thrills in 3-D." On this video were some coasters that I really wanted to check out. One of the coasters that I wanted to ride the most was Kumba. I am not sure what made Kumba so special of all the different rides from this video, but I knew that I wanted to ride it some day. Well, this trip finally helped me accomplish that, and it did not dissapoint! While Kumba definatly needs a new coat of paint, it still packs a powerful punch! Good old B&M positive G's! Another thing I love about Kumba is how this most exemplifes the closeness of the paths to the coasters. This ride has so many places where you are right next to the track. Overall an awesome ride that I finally got to ride! -Scorpion: Before 2008, I had only ridden a couple Wildcats, and that was my only experience with Schwarzkopf coasters. While they are fun, I did not really think as much of his work as the rides of other companies. in 2008 I got to experience MindBender at SFOG......AMAZING!!!!! This past July I got to ride Shock Wave during the TPR Texas Trip.......AWESOME!!! So having been more experienced with his coasters, I thought that this would be a bit more tame than the other two mentioned as it did not appear to have the ungodly amount of airtime as the other two. It didn't, but did provide a great ride in general! I have not been on a Schwarzkopf that has disappointed me yet! -Montu: This was another highly anticipated coaster of the trip. I have been on Top Burn at Carowinds, which I understand was designed based on this coaster, so I thought that if I liked it as much as I did, Montu would at least be close to as good, and it did! Unfotunatley because of the cooler weather and a bit of rain that came at this point of the day, I did not get to experience it as I would have liked for the first time, but it was still a great ride! -Cheetah Chase: Basic Wild Mouse.......only thing that made it different was that many of the brakes were not really on, so it made it a bit more wild. A fun ride, but not necessarily a highlight of the trip. -Rhino Rally: This was a ride I was really curious to check out, but I think it may have been my one disappointment. I thought that the river part would have seems a bit more intense, or that there was more that happend while going through the river portion, but alas, it was more like riding on a barge down a creek, and overall just felt very controlled. The one thing that made up for it was the drvier. Pretty funny dialogue as the ride went on. So overall, I really loved BGA. I would almost say that I like it more than BGE, but I can't quite say that as I have a soft-spot for BGE as it is my favorite home-park. BGA was definatly a great park though, and would recommend that anyone visit it. Thanks for checking it out, I hope you enjoy the pictures! -Gary T. A great visit at a great park! I will certainly visit again in the future! Next update will include Fun Spot USA and Old Town. Thanks for checking out my update! The "rescue" vehicle While farly tame, it was still pretty cool! ...THE CREEK OF DOOM!!!!! Waterfall that leads to..... Zebra, the type of print underwear that would not look good on Rosie O'Donnell Our driver, funny guy! The vehicle you get into for this ride And now for the last ride..Rhino Rally Crikey!!!! Thats a big ass croc! Lazy Lion A view of the open range area where animals roam a bit more freely Rhino! We now take a break from the rides to see some of the wildlife that makes Busch Gardens Africa different than Busch Gardens Europe Loop fans rejoice again! Signature tunnel shot Awesome! Moving on to Egypt for another highly anticipated coaster....Montu! But we can atleast get a sign picture Cheetah Chase, not as picturesque as some of its friends One last shot Lift hill enthusiasts rejoice! Loop Fans Rejoice! "Here I am.....rock you like a hurricane!" Here come a good few "action" shots From a B&M masterpiece, to a classic Schwarzkopf. May not have been an airtime beast like Mindbender or Shock Wave, but still a great ride! One last shot, Kumba did not disappoint! Another closeby shot This may be the most photogenic coaster in the park! I love how close you can get to this coaster as it roars by! Another classic picture.....but through the net! Signature shot.....I think anyone who has been here has this picture, and if they say they don't, they are in denial....which is not just a river in Egypt! Loop shot Finally, I get to ride this coaster that had eluded me for quite some time. Not very many brave souls wanting to try the water rides on a cooler day. And a special sign-and-coaster shot The level out from the first drop. Out the otherside of the underwater tunnel Through the tunnel/tomb/whatever it is supposed to be shot. Just as cool as Griffon's splash First drop Brake run drop Here we have another coaster that is a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle bit bigger than Air Grover. Don't worry Air Grover, I'll be back to ride you as well! Flamingos, or chickens on stilts? You decide! As well as this This is what really made me realize that this park isn't toned down in the landscaping department Now for some pictures of the atmosphere of the park, including this marching band that was a pretty good show to watch. Tiger's pre-lift drop I love how close you are to the coasters at this park in many places Zooom! and it's downhill from here......literally! Lion's lift.....the smoothest part of the ride! The Tiger side in the distance The pre-lift drop of the Lion side And again The first ride of the day, Gwazi! Their version of the Sesame Street area is still under construction, so Air Grover was obviously going to have to wait for another visit. They still had their holiday decorations up, and had Christmas music playing all throughout...Not a bad thing, but I was hoping for more of the authentic music.....not really sure how better to explain it. One of the things that made me realize that this place pays as much attention to landscaping as its Viginia sister park. Such an awesome looking coaster! We're here! Montu from the outside A view of Kumba through the trees from the outside One of the best views to start the day....SheiKra!
  13. if Son of Beast stays closed, it will remain standing as a momument to total failure, rather than being demolished. if Son of Beast re-opens, there will be another 5 or so lawsuits after another major shutdown of some kind -Gary T.
  14. Bow Down to Texas You Worthless Beings....Holiday Edition, with San Antonio Sam! I LOVE IT! -Gary T
  15. Elissa - Yes I did for a bit, since I had to ask for someone to run the coaster for me But they were really cool about it, especially since it generated some interest in the ride by some of the kids. So yeah, they were friendly in the limited interactions I had with them Zach - Yes, yes I was! I actually had called you between Boomers and King Richards if I remember correctly. Sue - Thanks for the compliment! And the idea of delayed runs would make sence, although it doesn't mean they have to necessarily give the ignoring treatment, or occupy themselves by reading/texting ect. -Gary T.
  16. ^^I actually did not take a spin on either one as I was trying to get to the five places that I did in one day, so I only did the Hurricane, but I certainly would like to give them a try the next time I visit Boomers. ^Thanks for the compliment Micheal! And yes, there were some good laughs, especially at the Jurassic gift shop, I think I watched that video on facebook about 6 times, and was still laughing. A friend of mine got a good laugh out of it too. For this update, I am going to try and cover the last three parks from day one. These include King Richard's Park (Naples), Kidstar Park (Port Charlotte) and Celebration Station (Clearwater). -King Richard's was certainly one of the best themed FECs I have seen, as everything went along with the castle theme, even having a moat around the main building. The other thing that surprised me was the fact that they had a bar for the adults, something that seems to help keep folks around a bit longer. This place certainly seemed to know what they were doing, especially since they had some good business going for them during my visit -Kidstar is certainly one of the smallest "parks" I have visited, but it looked very well maintained, and was cool to see at night. Unfortunately, since I had just bought this camera, I was still trying to get a feel for it during the night, so many of these pictures as well as the ones for Celebration Station came out a bit blurry. -Celebration Station..........was for a Miner Mike......I think I have said enough Hope you enjoy this update! -Gary T. And that makes the fifth and final stop for day one! Day two will be next that will feature Busch Gardens Africa, Fun Spot USA and Old Town! Thanks again for checking it out! "Oh you sad and pathetic credit whores!" Cha-ching! but this is why we are here.... including some bumper boats a glimpse of a few of their rides The final stop, Celebration Station! That wraps up park number four, now it is time to go for the last stop of this 24 hour-1100 mile journey called day one! A view from the train Sideview and the main reason for the visit....a smaller dragon wagon. Merry-go-round A look down the only path....like I said, it is a small park Their farris wheel Outside of Kidstar Park Stop number three done, but not before a warning from Dragon Dude: "Don't you remember what happend to the British guy on Inglorious Bastards when he held three fingers that way??" Thanks for the look out dragon dude! This ride is also intense.....intense like Karaoke! POV Time! This is one of the largest Dragon Wagons I have seen or been on. Now for the main reason why I stopped.....CREDIT TIME! An overhead picture of the complex Isn't that half of the fun though? Another look. And the part everyone has been waiting for.....THE BAR! The end of a gator orgy! A few gators chillin One gator chillin They even have live alligators A look at some of the park's offerings in rides As you come outside, you have this cool little dragon dude greet you! Another look at the inside. This is what you are greeted by when you walk into the main building. And here we have the moat in front of the main building, also safer to swim in than the maleria river at Family Kingdom This water play area was called Merlin's Moat. A very cool thing to have, but not today as the weather was just a bit cooler. Another look at the main building from the parking lot. Here we are at King Richard's! ............yeah, it was like this for about 30 miles or so. Between Boomers and King Richard's was the drive down alligator ally, which had a lot of...............
  17. So that explains the seperate pricing, and seperate stand for buying ride bands, ect. That's interesting. Well, I certainly won't hold that against Boomers then, but still feel that it could be improved. Oh well, still a good coaster! -Gary T.
  18. ^I would say the fact that you are asking for input and thoughts of those who would join shows a difference, where as from what I have gathered about other organizations, it is usually a few who make the decisions. In general, I think it sounds like a great program, and would certainly consider joining now that I have some stable income and a bit more freedom to roam now. -Gary T.
  19. Hey everone! This next update is from my short visit to Boomers in Dania Beach to see what the Dania Beach Hurricane was all about. Before I get to thoughts on the hurricane, There is one thing that I was not so fond of while at boomers. The only gripe I had about the place was the fact that there was a lot of waiting around on the staff of Boomers. Mainly on the roller coaster where the two employees working on the ride spent a lot of time between reading a book or text messaging and listening to an Ipod. On one of my four times on the ride, I think I sat in the train for about four minutes while the two employees were kind of doing their own thing. Now if Boomers has some kind of a minimum wait time between cycles, then I suppose I am not too concerned, but if this is a case of employees just doing as they please since they are not as directly supervised, then it is another. I just kind of felt like there was this "oh god, why are you here?" expression on their faces anytime anyone came up to rice. No with regards to the Hurricane, I must say that it was a cool coaster, and delivered some great airtime. It certainly would be a great coaster for any park, and seems to be fairly well taken care of. It is certainly worth the visit to check out! Now onto the pictures. Thanks for checking it out! -Gary T. And ends stop number two of the first day. Thanks for checking it out, more to come later. And thus covers the Dania Beach Hurricane, a wooden coaster worth a side trip to ride. And an overview shot Through the trees Through the structure shot Must be nice to be getting paid to sit in a control booth while listening to your i pod and texting your friends..... Brake run for all of the brake fans! The price board for Big Mike.....The ride entrance sign for Larry....and the lift hill for all of those with that kind of fetish. Three for the price of one! Boomers looks pretty awesome if you ask me! The arcade area of Boomers Two of boomers rides, as well as my own personal new for 2009 ride, my '06 Saturn Ion .....and what do you know? It is the way to Boomers! This way to Boomers it seems.....
  20. Hey Everyone, Just got back home this morning, and I must say it was a great escape to get out of town for a bit, but it is nice to be home after having been on the go for the past 4 plus days. The rest of my updates will be focused on the parks that I visited during this trip, and there are almost 400 pictures in all that I took, so I will do the updates by park. Here is a listing of how my visits went while I was in Florida: Day 1 (Dec 26): - Uncle Bernie's Theme Park - Boomers - King Richard's Park - Kidstar Park - Celebration Station Day 2 (Dec 27): - Busch Gardens Africa - Fun Spot USA - Old Town Day 3 (Dec 28) - Universal Studios Florida - Universal Studios Islands of Adventure Day 4 (Dec 29) - SeaWorld Orlando - Adventure Landing With that covered, it's update time! While heading down to Florida in the middle of the night, I decided I was going for a credit run loop down to Fort Lauderdale, then to Dania Beach, Naples, Port Charlotte, and Clearwater before calling it a night in Tampa. This run became part of my 24 hour-1100 mile drive. One of the dumbest things I may have ever done, but was so worth it! This first update is from Uncle Bernie's Theme Park in Fort Lauderdale. It is part of the Swap Shop flea market, which is HUUUUUGE!!!! I was actually surprised how large this place was, even having a pedestrian bridge from a seperate parking lot. Hope you enjoy the pictures! -Gary T. And that wraps up our first stop on the credit run, and the first park of my Florida Finale! Hope you enjoyed, more to come later! Safer to swim in than the Maleria River at Family Kingdom! One last overview of the park before heading out! P......O.......V! Happy to get a new credit, or experiencing the burning sensation of a credit whole transmitted disease? You decide! ....what can I say? I am a bit of a credit ho! Now, the question is if I am going to lower myself enough to ride it....... And the other credit, the Dragon...the one that Robb and Elissa would not whore out for in that same update from above. What an intense ride.....intense like camping POV shot of the first drop Time to take a spin! Credit time! This is the Abandon Mine.....the one Robb and Elissa would do on their visit here a while back....as seen here: http://www.themeparkreview.com/miami2004/bernie1.htm A Bouncy Bouncy knock-off This park has a pretty good selection of rides Now for Uncle Bernie's Another car show Some kind of a car show in the middle This place had a rather large arcade Nothing gets s*** sold like an American Flag paint job! An outdoor section of the market Private rooms available.....must be where the happy endings happen! Inside the market Hard to appreciate the size of that flag when you are tied behind a banner. A look at the place from the Pedestrian Bridge The first sign of safety! ...until you see how large it is compared to the complex! We start with the Swap Shop's American Flag, which may seem kind of ordinary at first.....
  21. Hey everyone! So I am at the hotel here in Orlando, and have found some time to get some pictures going here! This will be a short update, as I am going to call it a night soon as I am going to get to Sea World in the morning, but before I get to the pictures, I just want to say that I had a great day at Universal today with Michael (a.k.a. TheRapidsNerd), and look forward to getting another chance to do it again in the future! Now for this first set of pictures, I will give a little back story here. As I mentioned before, I was originally going to do this trip with my younger sister, but she had to back out, so I decided to shorten the trip a bit, and when I got back to my Apartment from my folks place on Christmas night, I decided to do this trip a little different, and take off right then and there. So I left my apartment around 10:30 on Christmas Night, and drove all night to get to Florida. What ended up happening was I decided to make my credit run the same day, and it turned into a 24-hour driving and credit run session that covered about 1100 miles, from Greenville, NC to Daytona, Fort Lauderdale, Dania, Naples, Port Charlotte, Clearwater and ending in Tampa, where I would go to Busch Gardens the next day. This first update is from an improv stop I took in Daytona so that I could get a new camera from Target, which was located right across the street from the Daytona International Speedway. I decided to take some pictures of the track and surrounding scenery as I will admit that I am a closet NASCAR fan. I also went to the beach of Daytona briefly before continuing on the Fort Lauderdale for Uncle Bernie's. Hope you enjoy this first update, there will be plenty more to come, as I have taken nearly 300 pictures so far, and still have Sea World tomorrow! -Gary T. And this update will end with a glimpse of the view I had for the better part of a 24 hour period. Thanks for checking it out, more to come soon! A monument for the motorcycle racing that took place on the beach A cool oceanside stage Some cool sandcastle-like work Another part of the complex This was over by the beach, looked really neat. The secret passageway to the track infield and pits. The famous tribute statue of Dale Earnhardt The founder of NASCAR, Bill France and his wife. This would have been cool to check out, but I took a pass as I had a full plate for the day The pedestrian bridge they show on tv during every Daytona 500 it seems In case you don't know what track I am talking about I had no idea just how huge the grandstand at the speedway was until seeing it myself. It looked as though it was a mile long! So this is me after about 10 hours of driving so far, little did I know that I was going to be on the road until about the same time I started the day before.
  22. A Sony Walkman mp3 player and an ECU Club Hockey Jersey The walkman has been great for my Florida trip so far!
  23. Merry Christmas Everyone! Just giving an update here, as my younger sister was going to tag along for this Florida trip until my folks gave her a new puppy for Christmas, so I will not be sticking around as long, and am going at this more free-lance style than I had originally planned, right now. But I generally expect to be in Tampa by tomorrow evening and for the 27th, and in Orlando by the 28th until the 30th or 31st, where I will start heading back up to Greenville. I will try to give a better update on plans as it gets closer and things start to fall into place, so that anyone who finds some free time and would like to possibly hang out can. The more the merrier! Michael, I will give you a call or check on here as I am going to take my laptop with me in case anything comes up for you, other wise I am looking forward to meeting up again at City Walk! -Gary "going for a different kind of road trip" T.
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