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  1. Very much appreciated Zach! I am hoping to finish up the next batch before and after work today as I work noon to 8:30 which kind of kills the day for me to go anywhere......meaning a good reason to work on the pictures
  2. Awesome report Bill! I do feel a little bad crashing your 660th picture, but the follow up one made me laugh quite a bit some I would like to think I help you give others a laugh as well
  3. Day 2 continued..... A neat looking Chance Inverter Awww hell! Here we go with a Boomerang. Not exactly the kind of ride that people travel thousands of miles for. At least this one was a special one, as it was the first ever Vekoma boomerang built! And it actually wasn't too bad. The one down side was that it was reeeeeeeeeeeeeeallllllllllly slow to go up the lift. In fact, I bet you could leave the line when it starts, go use the restroom, buy some food, play a game, ride Superman a time or two, take a nap, and still be back before it drops. At this point, they have about 3 minutes to go until the top....a most accurate guess of course Loop fans rejoice! I have a feeling you could get this shot of almost every boomerang in the world. With a lot of boomerangs, it would be more fun to sit on this cactus without any pants on, but this one might be a case where it would be better just to ride the actual coaster. The last credit we had to get (which we accomplished before we had lunch, thanks to awesome VIP wristbands) was Tsunami. A large Tivoli coaster like those seen at other Six Flags parks. There was one unique feature for this one..... The Jeep themed trains Their S&S combo tower was a lot of fun as well. I definitely like the combo towers better than just the launch up or launch down only. This one makes for good pictures too. This was also a really cool walk-though haunted house that normally is an upcharge attraction. SFM was awesome enough to allow our group to go through free of charge! Ahh the perks of a TPR Tour! Certainly worth the money in my opinion. The house it self had a good few scares with the live actors. After that, it was time for some re-rides on Superman. Anth and Cliff are ready for some Ass-Happy airtime! I myself did not experience their rapids ride, but it seemed like you wouldn't get very wet... But Anth helped disprove that notion. As you can tell from Cliff, there is just nothing more comforting than a wet hug! I am still so happy to have seen Churro Statues in Mexico!!!!! So this was one of those wacky shack kind of attractions where everything is unbalanced and a tour guide does all of these tricks that are based off of the illusion and tricks played on your eyes because of the angles and what not. Kind of like the one at Knott's Berry Farm. "Welcome amigos! Be warned, you will have no idea what is going on if you do not speak Spanish!" More theming is always a good thing! Hey Medusa! It looks like we go this way. Nothing bad could happen here, right? This is where things started to get all kinds of wacky! Quality work on this here house! Cliff and Jeremiah look like they are ready for this wacky experience! Now, for the most part I have no idea what was going on or being said since I am not familiar with Spanish. There were tricks that were done to play tricks on the angling of objects, made even more tricky as the floor we stood on was also angled. Who is standing up strait? You decide! Cliff does his best to try and stay upright "HOW DOES SHE DO IT?!" This will get you kicked out of a lot of bars in the US, but is perfectly fine at Mexican theme parks Trying so hard to stay upright.....or are they? While I don't know what went on half of the time, it was still neat to see one of these again. The Churro Bandit: "Now look here amigo, I don't take too kindly to your finding amusement in my people living in our home land of Mexico!" Gary: "I don't give a s***. Churro statues in Mexico are freaking hilarious!" Churro Bandit: "Well then amigo....DRAW!" Churro Bandit: "Damn, I forgot, I'm a statue......okay, you win!" After that amazing victory, it was time for us to enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel to see the park from above. But this ferris wheel had a twist...... ....you could make it spin! This made it easy for taking pictures without having to really move, and the view was great for many of the rides. Here we have Boomerang Here we have Roller A skyline view of the park. A closer look at Joker from above While it may not have been the best wooden coaster I have ridden, it was certainly one of the nicest looking! Vampire Infestation (Worth checking out if you ever visit the park, even if you have to pay for it). Such a great ride! I will miss it, but hopefully I will have the opportunity to return and ride it again in the future! I love the timing for this as I could get both coasters trains in the shot! And after a snack, seeing Blackout and a few more spins on Superman, it was time to head back to the hotel. Robb taking a moment to get a great shot for the Medusa video. Always high quality stuff! With that, I want to say thank you to Six Flags Mexico. You guys have a wonderful park and I would love to come back one day to visit again! If anyone happens to be in Mexico City, I fully recommend going to this park! Thank you everyone for checking out my update, I hope you all enjoyed it!
  4. Hey Everyone! So it has been about a month-plus since I last updated this Trip Report, but it looks like I found a bit of time to keep going through all of my pictures, and can now proudly bring to you the next update to Gary's 2013 TPR Mexico Tour Trip Report. And this update is for....... Day 2: Six Flags Mexico!!!!! So this was our first park day after an incredible day of getting to see the culture of Mexico. You don't hear too much about the place since most enthusiasts are not exactly making a point to go to Mexico as much as some other countries for roller coasters, so I didn't really have any idea of what to expect. What I found was that this was a great park overall, and honestly one of the best Six Flags that I have been to! The things that I noticed was that in comparison to other SF parks, it was quite clean, the people were very friendly (and I mean the guests as well as the staff), and on top of that, the theming was well done for many of the rides! The two that stick out the most are Superman-el Ultimo Escape and the Joker. Superman has you walking through the Daily Planet offices for the queue, fairly similar to what you see with Spiderman at IOA, and Joker was really cool with the evil funhouse for part of the queue. I made the comment to Roberto, who was the representative with SFM for our group, about who I thought the theming was very well done, and he made the comment that they really appreciated comments like that, especially from guests who have visited other parks before. I was truly surprised with the amount of theming they had. Superman was awesome! It is actually a very unique layout with the fun pre-lift section that reminded me a lot of some of the GCI coaster, only with more intensity. The air was also great! There was one little kink right before the mid-course brakes that could toss you a bit, but otherwise, I would say this was easily my favorite coaster of the trip. If I could have done one thing differently, I would have liked to see a couple more of the shows. For the one that we did see called Blackout, I think I was in the minority of our group that liked the whole thing. I would never say that it was the best theme park show I have ever seen, but it was a fun show to watch and a nice bit of air conditioning. For my other thoughts and observations, I will allow the pictures to help me tell the story of the day. So without further delay, here it is..... "Hola! Me llamo es Blanco Nino! Por favor, disfrute el siguiente informe de viaje!" The bus for the next few days wasn't as "especial" as the other one, but it was a bit more modern, and had wifi! It even had a backdoor for quicker loading and unloading! Interesting fact, the lavatory was beside the backdoor, but this would come to bite most everyone in the ass on the last day of the trip driving back to Mexico City from Guadalajara as someone unleashed Montezooma's Revenge on us poor souls in the back.....but that is a story for later. And there is Six Flags Mexico! Superman off in the distance. And Medusa also saying good morning. And there you have the front gate. We are here! Since the gates were not yet open and we were waiting to meet with a representative from SFM, we would need to find ways to pass the time.... Cliff would help me prepare for what may come from Medusa.... Anth would go on and prepare for the beating that was likely to come from Batman. Most everyone else decided to be normal and socialize. Would Medusa be as rough as other CCI's that we knew and love, or would it be a surprise? More to come a bit later on that one. Speedy Gonzalez on a sign outside of the Mexican Six Flags=100% awesome! JoAnna is saddened by the lack of Taquila....oh wait, there is a difference when you add another 'L'? This is Roberto, our wonderful guide for the morning as we went for our morning rides on Superman, Joker, Batman and Medusa. The VIP experience was had by all who were with the trip, which gave us front of the line access for most of the rides! Oh boy, oh boy! We get to go in! Tea cups, which could always be made better with tequila! The Looney Toons gang is here to greet us! Going on TPR Tours really gives you a chance to enjoy the design of the buildings and what the parks are like before the public enters. Things like this really made this park stick out from the rest of the SF chain. I really like the look of the park. Very well done! Our first ride of the day! Superman el Ultimo Escape! One of the best Morgan hypers I have been on. Easily my favorite coaster of the tour. These were the VIP wristbands that allowed us the front of the line access on several rides. The park wasn't so busy that we couldn't have had a good time without them, but it certainly was nice to be able to get on with a minimal wait. As I mentioned before, the theming of SFM is some of the best at any Six Flags park, perhaps better than some other theme parks I have been to. This was the entrance to the Daily Planet offices I think they like Superman at the Daily Planet The editor-in-chief's office Is Bill appreciating the theming or questioning the interior design of the office? You decide! Again, thumbs up to SFM for some great theming so far! After the tour of the Daily Planet, you come out to the main part of the queue, cross over part of the track then head into the station. There is a second train just waiting to get a chance to give awesome rides! Coaster train fans, rejoice! This was a neat idea to draw arrows towards the rows they are intended for. I am surprised that you don't see more of this. The train coming back from one of its test runs Even right outside of the station has some more theming to it with the phone booth Such a pretty ride! And it rides as pretty as it looks! Much joy is experienced by those on the ride as their butts are lifted with airtime Again, I truly enjoyed this ride! After Superman, it was time to check out the newest addition to the park, the Joker. Sign shot. Again, this park takes the theming for a Six Flags park up a notch with the awesome evil funhouse of the Joker for a queue. TPR members proving they don't mind being in the mouth of a strange man. Spinning vortex Funhouse mirrors Moving floors Uneven flooring And another funhouse mirror before you go to the loading platform. It was almost like getting two attractions in one! A look of the lift hill of Joker From the looks of it, Half of the cars were designed for Harley Quinn and the other half for her love, Mr. J. Elissa and Kristen are about to take it for a spin. KidTums doesn't look so sure about it, but in the end she absolutely loved it! Robb, Roberto and Derek take a spin together as well. Up the lift goes the car. A look at the layout of the Joker Again, I really dig the theming at this park. The ride itself was also fun! I can't remember who I rode with, but I seem to remember we spun pretty well. Again, great theming. I also like the reference to the origin of the Joker A very detailed statue of and evil looking Joker, or a guess at what Michael Jackson would look like if he was still alive (with a new nose)? You decide. I cannot say I have seen one of these before. Really neat looking ride. Know came one of the rides that was special and yet terrifying at the same time. Terrifying in that it was an SLC, but special as it would be a Mexican SLC (or even more terrifying depending on how you look at it). While SLC's are not exactly the most popular with enthusiasts, we will always gladly ride it for the sake of the credit. Don't let the symbol deceive you. This is not your typical B&M Inverted Batman clone. "Who is really excited for riding an SLC?" A symbols of hope, justice and good. A symbol of.....well, it's a symbol. Who are you more convinced by their show of Enthusiasm for the ride? Bill or Ginny? You decide! The climb to the top. On most SLC's, I would probably have said "ouch" or other four letter words an average of 3.3 times by this point. Was that the best coaster ever or what guys!? SLC's may give rough rides, but they sure do look nice! If you were with the group and rode this, you can now check "Ride an SLC in Mexico" off of your bucket list! There is no freakin' way! Churro statues in Mexico!? Yes! This is just plain awesome!!!!! Of course if you don't car for Churro statues, there are other statues you can pose with, like the Johnny Rockets burger guy. And now it was time to solve the mystery of how Medusa rode. Medusa would be a monumental coaster for Bill as it was his 600th! Looks like it could be such a great ride..... ...but I have only been on one coaster with the G-trains that I really liked, and that was Cheetah at Wild Adventures. So what did I think of Medusa? To be honest it was actually a fun ride. A bit shaky for my liking, but if it wasn't for that I probably would have liked it better. Either way, it was better than I had thought it might be. "Now boy, I say boy, what in the hail do you two think you are doin' to me!" Anth and Cliff find a happy place after Medusa Nothing like a lunchtime beer! After the little break it was time to seek out the remaining credits. The first that our group of four did was the Dark Knight. This one seemed to be a few notches above the one at SF Great Adventure for theming. I havn't been to Great America so I couldn't say. Again, they did a great job in the design of the place I also like how they took the commuter train station theme up a few notches as well. The theming just adds to the experience in my book. Now it is time to go inside and experience the ride itself. From this point, the experience is pretty much the same as it is in Great Adventure, but with one difference. The use of Spanish instead of English Aaron Eckhart's Spanish voiceover sounded kind of like he was trying to seduce someone, but maybe that was just what I interpreted. Even the cars are pretty much the same Up next we took on the Vekoma roller skater called.....Roller Much like other Vekoma roller skaters, only this one had an awesome feature... A VIP line! Nothing like getting right onto the next cycle without having to wait. Cliff, Anth, Jeremiah and I are all ready for the credit! One of the more interesting themes for a wave swinger. More to come momentarily.....
  5. Too bad it is a little skimpy on details of what exactly it is going to be like. The picture makes it kind of seem like it might be a different type of coaster but using the name as a tribute, although that could be totally off base. If it is actually a recreation of the old coaster, that will be really neat to see. -Gary
  6. Hey everybody! I know it has been a while since I last updated this thread, but between two weeks of 50+ hours at Disney, work at Pizza Hut and doing some side work for a small business I am trying to start to replace Pizza Hut with, I haven't had a lot of free time for doing an update until tonight. So we'll jump right into it.... Day 1: Culture Day! Part 3: Ballet Folklorico An option that we had as an add-on was to attend the Ballet Folklorico after dinner, which was a show that was all about many traditional Mexican dances and music. I was quite surprised that this was a wonderful show to see, and the venue was quite beautiful! There was a combination of what seemed to be tribal dances, symbolizing the ancient cultures of Mexico, as well as the more traditional Mexican Mariachi Music, complete with the hat dance. Hope you all enjoy the last part of the first day of the Mexico Tour! On our way from the restaurant, we passed by a few more statues. Here is where the Ballet Folkorico was held, the Palacio de Bellas Artes My ticket for the show. I never thought about Ticketmaster being in Mexico before. One of the statues right outside of the Palacio. Let's go inside, shall we? Inside of the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Waiting to be able to go to our seats. The architecture inside of the lobby was beautiful! Our view of the stage from the gallery section. I absolutely loved how this theatre looks! TPR folks are ready for the Ballet Folklorico! These drummers got things started These folks danced to the drumming. These guys would play the next few songs for the show. Some of the dancers dressed in what we would be more likely to associate with Traditional Mexican dress The only shame of being up in the gallery was not being able to see the women. I have to admit, there are some gorgeous women from Mexico! And now the men join The next part centered around these three women.... ....dancing to music played by these guys.... ....with this guy, who basically had a dance with each woman....this guy was pimpin'!!!! Soon they would be joined by others. Eventually, they would transition to this group of dancers I am not entirely sure about this part as it had the women marching and forming firing line types of formations. If I had to guess, I am going to say it either had something to do with the Mexican Revolution or something similar to when people moved out west here in the United States. Now this guy with the lasso was pretty good. He also kept that thing going for a loooooooooooooooooooooooooong time! He showed off some tricks. Then was joined by this woman dancing. He then proceeded to spin it around the two of them for the remainder of this set. Others joined the dance, while to guy still has the lasso going. This show also featured what seemed like a lot of pretend PDA. At least they eventually went for some privacy.....well, except for lasso guy. These guys then came out to play the music for the last set before the intermission. This segment seemed a lot like a Mexican version of a Riverdance/Irish stepdance show like you can see at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The main differences being the music and the clothing Being a fan of the Celtic shows that Busch Gardens has had the past few years that I went before moving to Florida, I really liked this part It did start to get a little odd when they brought these characters out. Something just didn't seem very PC about them Out comes the rest of the group And the final bow before the intermission. When the show continued, they started with a dance of ancient cultures. This part was centered around these two characters that seemed to be playfully courting one another. This set was one of the more interpretive dance portion as two of the characters were hunters and one was a deer or something similar to it. This band would be the last band and play the remaining sets of songs that were based on traditional mariachi as we know it. This would also be one of the more elaborate numbers for the number of dancers and routines. The traditional Mexican Hat Dance, and yes, the music was that of the hat dance (if you are not sure what song I mean, copy this address and listen ) Hat Dance continued And one final bow and a solute to all of the performers. All in all, this was one of my favorite days of the trip as it really gave me a chance to experience some true culture of another nation which I had not yet had a chance to experience until now. With that, this completes day one of Gary's 2013 TPR Mexico Tour Trip Report. I hope you all enjoyed it and I look forward to bring you more updates. The next one being Day 2: Six Flags Mexico!
  7. continued...... It would have been something else to see the inside of the Cathedral, but as busy as it was, that may be something for another day. Just outside of the Cathedral were these folks who were talking the corn stalks and making some incredible pieces of art with them. I will say that a majority of the pieces were centered around Jesus on the cross, but there were other items that they made as well. Now I am not the most religious person in the world, and I know that many folks are not, but I would hope the many people can appreciate the creativeness and ability that went into making these. Music player adding to the atmosphere of the area. One last look at the Cathedral as we continue on with our walk through downtown Mexico City. We happened to be walking by as they were tolling the bell. At this point, we started to see a lot of street performers and "characters" to pose with for pictures. This guy looked like he was getting ready to start. There was a whole row of them down this street. Know I can say I have seen a Mexican Mime This guy looks like a cross between Alien and a Transformer. Just to his left is the Red Queen from the latest version of Alice in Wonderland Living soldier statue Walking on down the street in Downtown Mexico City. At first I was worried that my boss and his wife came down to Mexico to spy on me, but then it dawned on me that this is obviously Miguel and Melina Mouse. Not to be confused with their more famous American counterparts Not sure who these guys are, but one of them looks like he stole Kyle Broflovski's hat. Maybe Spider-Man is here to grab it for him. You know, maybe these different "characters" are really just hoping to blend in with the Mexican people. See the flag? Good! We won't be lost then as Sergio will show us the way! One of the smaller side streets. I'll bet Derek is already planning a side trip to visit the Beer Museum. This picture is funny to me because I always joke with people that there are two phases I know in Spanish. One is "Mis pantalones es en fuego!" which means "My pants are on fire!" The other is "Donde esta la Biblioteca?" which means "Where is the Library?".....and now I know where the library is! Downtown Mexico City does have some really nice areas. Now if you are travelling through Mexico City by bus, would you rather ride the double decker tour bus or.... ...the one that looks like it could be mistaken for a porn bus? Now we have come to our next stop. This is Café de Tacuba, where we would have an authentic Mexican dinner. The was done more like a sampling type of meal were they brought out several dishes for everyone to try a little bit. The restaurant itself was quite nice inside. Here they sat us with our own tables towards the front of the restaurant....incase they needed to kick us out quicker. It appears that nuns are very important to this place. Not sure what the significance, but there were many pictures and statues of them all over. So we had two different drinks to enjoy, one which was this fruit water that took some getting used to..... The other being margaritas which require no such need of getting used to. Quite good. First were some chips with guacamole. ...or some chips with an assortment of things to have them with. They then gave us chicken that was cooked with a brown sauce. Now the tortillas they brought for us COULD be used to eat the chicken with, but Derek shows that it is more fun to make masks with them instead! Quesodilla! Not sure what this was Of course, the meal was made even better with the music of Mariachi! "Play us a song, you're a Maricachi Man!" As you can see, they started to surround us. If you didn't like their music, there was no where to go. Luckily for us, these guys were really good! Yeay! Gary does Mariachi! For desert, they brought us flan (which I have to confess, isn't really my cup of tea). They also brought this cake which was very moist and have a caramel flavor to it. It was quite delicious I must say. With that, I will end part 2 of the Culture Day update. Stay tuned as there is one more part of Culture Day and that is Part 3: Ballet Folklorico! Thanks for checking out Gary's Mexico Tour Trip Report
  8. I really appreciate all of the great comments and praises so far! Unfortunately time has not been on my side lately as I have been trying to pick up hours at work as much as possible and my schedule at Disney has been kind of all over the place with my training at Jungle Cruise going on. I did finally get a chance to sit down and work on editing and resizing pictures, so with that, it is time for the next update..... Day 1: Culture Day! Part 2: Food, Downtown Mexico City and a Surprise! So after checking out the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, and reaching the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, we took a short little ride to a restaurant near the pyramids for an authentic Mexico lunch. Following lunch we drove back to Mexico City, where we would see the National Palace, one of the largest cathedrals in all of North America, and wonder around downtown Mexico City before having an authentic Mexican dinner. Before we got to the National Palace, we had a surprise, but to find out what it was, let's take a look at what happened: Near the pyramids we would take a short drive to lunch. The place had a lot of cactus's (cacti, however you describe multiple cactus plants). Some Mexican cooking actually uses cactus And here is the restaurant that will be hosting us for lunch! The front of Mayahuel, located only a few hundred yards from the pyramids. In case you forgot what the name of the place was from about 12 seconds ago. A look at the indoor section. This place actually was busier than this as most of the guests (not just our group) were dining outside as it was a beautiful day. A bit of music to go with lunch is always a good thing. Some chips and salsa, much like what you would see at Mexican restaurants in the US, but the real stuff! The red salsa had a good spicy kick to it. The tortilla soup was really good! They also gave you a few items to mix in if you would like. We had a choice of two entrees, one was chicken cooked with cactus.... ...the other, which I chose, was the steak fajitas. To my surprise, they also had bacon in it, which as we all know is meat candy! Muy delicioso! Of course having Mexican Coke with real sugar never hurts either. Sergio brings out the big guns! This puts new meaning to the term of taking a tequila shot. I only wish I had one of my own. But with that, it was time to load up the bus and head back to the city. So as we ride into the city, we see this little festival type of thing going on, and as it turns out, it is actually a small kiddie park called Parque Francisco Villa that Robb and Elissa had found out about just a couple days before the trip. When we pull up, they tell us that they made the arrangements for this to be our first credit of the trip! Hooray for surprise credits! Off the bus we go, and a short walk later we find.... ...the first credit of the trip!!!!! Now, this may look like another Wacky Worm, but it's not!! How do we know? well...... ...That's how! It's the Crazy Worm! and its about to be over taken by Crazy Credit Whores! My guess is that this coaster has probably not had this many Adults waiting to ride it before. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if we doubled the daily average number of adult riders. And there is the poor worm that will have all of these crazy coaster fans on its back. He seems to be okay with it though. TPR Crazy Worm take over! And now another group of us get to ride! For many of us, this would be our first ever Mexican roller coaster! And of all things it's a Wacky Wor......er....Crazy Worm! Here is the normally wacky part, but this time it's crazy! ...followed by the big drop.....of about 5 ft. It's so crazy!!!!! One last train with TPR folks making its way up the lift hill. Here we have a nice little overview of ride More TPR folks going down the crazy big drop, while Sergio shows that he fits in with us by following the proper way to ride a kiddie coaster! Robb shows that he is a man dedicated to his art by climbing on dangerous metal structures to reach perilous heights. This is the only way to find those great shots of kiddie coasters! Parque Francisco Villa in a way reminds me of Victoria Gardens in Central Park of NYC. A small place you could take the family to enjoy for an afternoon. They have an assortment of rides, games, toys to buy and other activities for the kids. More of the park. This was one of the coolest things to see. A little mini double decker bus ride for the kids. The ramp onto the back of the bus would actually turn into a slide for the kids when they got off. Speaking of Buses, it was time for us to get back on ours. And a short drive later we start to arrive to one of the historic districts that is in the heart of Downtown Mexico City. The first part of this stop would have us seeing this place, the National Palace After checking it out, we would get to walk by this cathedral, which is one of the largest in North America! Time to head into the National Palace According to what I remember our guides saying, the National Palace does hold the office of the President of Mexico, as well as a few of the departments, which I believe he said included the likes of the treasury and defense department. Just inside of the front doorway is this beautiful courtyard with the fountain in the middle. As a Disney Cast Member, I giggle about the fact that we were led with a flag through various parts of downtown as it reminds me of the Brazilian Tour Groups that come to the parks and resorts. Here Sergio tells us a little bit about the palace, the design flaws and the murals. Unlike Magnum XL 200 at Cedar Point, the palace is actually sinking on one side ever so slowly due to the softness of the lake bed where the lake that once was were Mexico City now lies. This was evidenced by the lamp that looks like it is leaning. Another look at the fountain in the middle of the courtyard. And here we have the first of many murals that were done by the famous artist Diego Rivera. Diego Rivera had once been asked to help with a mural of the Rockefeller Center. He work was rejected, however, because his murals had suggestions of support for more socialist ideas. One example of this can be seen in this mural. If you look closer at the two guys on the far left side, one of them is holding a book..... ...a book that was written by Karl Marx, who was one of the leading philosophers of the socialist movement. While I am sure this had more to do with religion, I wouldn't be surprised if a few folks thought this meant that the KKK had a role in the oppression of the Aztec People who once lived in what is know Mexico City. This part of the mural depicts the battles that went on between the Aztec People and the Spanish when they took over the land. Another look at the courtyard from the second floor. Here David explains more in depth how This area used to be a large lake, and the Aztec People built their city into the lake by creating little islands through a process of planting different plants and filling the soil around them, and than expanded outward. It was described as being very much like Venice in Italy. Eventually, the lake would no longer be there, and is now covered by what is Mexico City. The next few murals were along the second floor walkway of the courtyard, and depict the life of the Aztec People who once lived in this city. "Upon further inspection of this first mural, we see that it was common to try and pick up women by offering them limbs from people who had been sacrificed." "We also see what it was like being an Aztec dentist." A look to the top of the first mural gives you a true idea of what the city that once sat in the middle of the lake looked like. "Hey bob, could you make sure not to back up this time? I really don't want my head up YOUR ass!" In the second mural, we see more of the agricultural side of the Aztec People. "I'll give you a handful of salt for your fish."....."How do I know I'm not getting screwed in this deal?" "This represents an important question that man has been asking himself for centuries....at what point did it become unacceptable for women to be topless all the time, and who was the idiot that came up with that bright idea?" "As we see here, the Aztec people had more of a European mentality when it comes to women being topless." This next mural shows the more artistic side of the Aztecs, and the way they dressed for ceremonies "Hey Bob, could you make sure not to drop that on me today? Thanks!" In this mural, we see many of the traditions of the Aztec people. The was a game that was played by the Aztec people, and if I remember correctly, they actually used a ball that was on fire while playing. And people thought that sports now-a-days were dangerous! Somewhere near the pyramids earlier, there were a group of folks performing this very act. I unfortunately do not recall what it represents or the purpose of it, but it was neat to see. This next mural shows more of the agriculture of the Aztec people, as well as the importance of corn. .....I said corn......not porn! Rivera also made a few uniquely shaped murals to fit the architecture of the building. This one was made to fit right in the corner. That brings us to the last Mural about the Aztec people, this representing when Cortez led his Spanish Army to take over much of Mexico. The goblin looking guy is supposed to represent Cortez. He was shown this way as it was believed that he had syphilis, which made him a bit sickly looking. When the Spanish took over the land from the Aztecs, it wasn't exactly peaceful or pleasant. Many of the Aztec people were forced into slavery by the Spanish. More of the slave life for the Aztecs One of the reasons the Aztecs didn't fight off Cortez and his Army when they first arrived was because they thought he was the human form of one of the gods they worshiped, and thus made offerings to him. Cortez would take advantage of this, pretty much showing that he was a dick! If any of the Aztec people refused to work or quit working, they were hung and left for others to see as a way to make the others fear for their lives. While I am not entirely sure what this plaque is for, I would guess based on the time frame and the words on the top, this may have to do with the Constitution of Mexico when they gained their independence from Spain, and the list of names are of those where were involved. With that, we were led back downstairs to continue our tour. One last picture before exiting the courtyard of the National Palace. Just outside the back of the palace we find another set of beautiful buildings. If I had not taken this picture, and didn't know where it was, someone could tell me it was in a small town out in the desert and I would possibly believe them. "Nooooo!!!!!! Don't touch it!!!!" Words carved into the plant. And here comes the Mexican Military Police version of a changing of the guard. Either that, or they knew all of the trouble that TPR would cause and have come to keep an eye on us. "Oh we oh......we oh her!......oh we oh.....we oh her!" Seeing as how they didn't take any of us into custody, I believe we are okay for now! and there is the truck that they arrived on. Upon exiting the National Palace, we start to walk towards the cathedral from earlier. This area was really busy with activity and a lot of people. A lot of people selling different items to the visitors. Here we have a display of what the city of the Aztec people looked like. Just past the display were a group of people holding a demonstration of the Aztec rituals Aztec drumming an Aztec dance A closer look at one of the dancer's costumes. Incredible! Aztec style jewelry and other items were available to buy as well as books. Here we have another look at the Cathedral.
  9. Thank you Bill! There certainly is a lot to share with this trip as like you said, this is covering a full week of TPR Trip Awesomeness. With that in mind, let us continue with Part 1 of Culture Day After we all got back onto the bus, it took us around to the other side of the grounds so that we would have a chance to try and climb the Pyramid of the Sun, the larger of the two big pyramids Our guides told us that the rituals held on the top of these pyramids were only with the presence of priests at the top of the pyramid.....and those who were being sacrificed as an offering to the gods. Side view of the Moon Pyramid, this pyramid you can't quite go all the way to the top, but you can still get higher up on it than the areas we saw in the beginning. Our guides told us that the Pyramid of the Sun is about 60 meters tall. Here a bunch of us walk over to try and take the challenge of climbing to the top! I was so ready to try and get to the top! A look at the side that you would climb from the bottom. This display shares the process of the construction of the pyramids....oddly enough, they didn't have a boat ride like EPCOT suggests there are in Pyramids of Mexico These stones, however, do provide for an entertainment offering in the ancient times.....taking the remains of those who were sacrificed and playing human plinko! The first level was pretty easy to get to. The stairs to the second level would be the longest set....who's ready to take them on? Anth is ready! Good luck Anth, hope you make it safe and sound! These stairs are not as easy to climb as they may look. Just look at that angle you have to climb! With the combination of being out of shape, at a higher altitude and the sairs just being steeper, this was no simple exercise. But the view from the second level was pretty cool! Another view of the bottom from Level Two Others coming on up to the second level as well. A look back at the area we checked out at the beginning from the second level. What was interesting to see was the fact that you had to wait in line to climb up some of the levels. Even funnier is that these lines moved better than some lines at Six Flags America. You can also see the third set of steps to climb. They were about the same angle as the previous, but a bit more narrow. Looking up the stairs...... and looking downs the stairs. What I did know when taking this picture.....that it was getting easier to make the climb. What I didn't know....that this picture would have a great view of the Pyramid of the Moon to the side of my head. Here you see the people going down the other side of the stairs. It actually isn't a whole lot easier to go down as you really have to watch your step in a few cases. Another view of the bottom, this time from level 3 I have to admit that this wait had me a little uneasy as I am not a fan of heights when I don't have something to hold onto or lean against. I think it has something to do with when I fell of a ladder and broke my arm as a kid. I sure hope I don't repeat that and become a part of Human Plinko. looking back at level 2 and the Avenue of the Dead While this part of the next climb was a challenge, the beginning of this segment was more interesting. Derek takes a climb on the steepest part. It roughly looks like what it would be like to climb El Toro? Looking down from level 4, it would seem we don't have much more to go! This would be the last "stone" stairway as after the next level is a sort of wooden bridge that crosses up and over the top. So happy to have almost made it.....and yet again great another view of the Pyramid of the Moon! Looking down from level 5 towards the bottom. All that remains is the very top! ....and to the top we shall go! And there is the top of the Pyramid of the Sun! Over to where we were earlier from the top. Another look at the Pyramid of the Moon, this time from the top. Another look at the very top of the pyramid. Mission accomplished! Many of us with TPR successfully made it to the top! A panoramic view from the very top of the Pyramid of the Sun. "That's right! I was just up there! I knew I could do it!" Back at level 5, where traffic isn't as busy, you get a great vantage point of the Pyramid of the Moon. TPR guys enjoying a pose with the Pyramid of the Moon It was truly an awesome experience to be able to climb all the way to the top of the pyramid. But as the saying goes, what goes up must come down. That would be true for us as well. Now, you could always go down the normal way like Karl and the guys by climbing down...... ...or try not to get killed in Human Plinko! Taking in the sights as I have never been to a place like this before. I absolutely loved it! Of course TPR trips are all about fun too, and nobody knows how to have fun like our calendar model.....Senior June! And that will wrap up the Pyramids of Teotihuacan. I am truly thankful of the fact that we had a chance to experience this, and that Robb and Elissa included it with the tour. Thank you two for making this happen, and thank you to everyone for checking the update out! Up next from Culture Day will be Part 2: Food, Downtown Mexico City and a Surprise!
  10. Due to my computer starting to lag, and the fact that I need to get to work here soon, I will be finishing Part 1 of Culture Day a bit later. If I can I will do so tonight, but I hope you guys enjoy what has been posted so far. -Gary
  11. ....continued...... The other side of the ruins The former social studies teacher finally gets to see something that he would have taught his students about. Now for the task of getting back up to the top. Gary with the Pyramid of the Sun in the background. We would get a chance to try climbing that later on. I have to admit that my social studies nerd flag was definitely being waved inside. Now for the next challenge.....going down (which isn't always such a bad thing). And now, a demonstration of how the people of Teotihuacan used their plants. The white stuff on the outside are eggs of an insect of the area. The would scrape it off of the plant, and rub it onto a sort of paper or other object.... ....and use it as a paint. Turns out this stuff is sometimes used in lipstick, so the next time you kiss someone....now you know! The inside of the plant itself could be used to make a yellow color. And here in the middle of the square was a platform where different rituals took place for the general public. A panoramic shot of the "public square" as seen from this platform And if you walk down this way, you will walk through the Avenue of the Dead to the Pyramid of the Moon. We, however, would just get back on the bus to drive over. So Cliff asks for a small coke, little did he know just how small it would be! Ha ha ha! We are ride the Especial Bus!
  12. Hey Everybody, I appreciate all of the comments thus far and hope that this report continues to be an enjoyable read. While my work schedule is pretty hectic this week, I did get a chance to work on organizing and editing, so that brings us to the next update of my account of the TPR Mexico trip that took place last week. For the first day of the tour, Robb and Elissa planned a day for everyone to experience the Mexican Culture. While we all love theme parks and roller coasters, this day for me was one of the biggest selling points of the trip for me as I really enjoy seeing places that really show the area's culture and history. This was a chance to experience what Mexico is really all about. We also had two great tour guides, David and Sergio, who provided us with information about the pyramids and the different areas that we visited later in the day. As I had mentioned in the first update, some of the days will be split into parts, with Culture Day being one of them. So how did we start the TPR Mexico Tour? Let's find out with Day 1: Culture Day! Part 1: The Pyramids of Teotihucan Our first stop of Culture Day was to the Pyramids of Teotihucan. Located to the Northeast of Mexico City, these pyramids were built in ancient times, and served as a place of ritual for the people who lived in the area. People visiting Teotihucan have the ability to walk across certain sections of the smaller pyramids and into the "public square" area, or down the avenue of the dead. Those wanting to take a challenge can also climb to the top of the largest pyramid, the Pyramid of the Sun, as well as the first few levels of the nearby Pyramid of the Moon. I say challenge as the Pyramids are not as easy to climb as they look, for the steps in some cases were large and angled steeply. Once you reached the higher levels, the views were incredible! Let's take a look at what it was like: So a combination of still trying to adjust to the altitude as well as the anticipation for staring the trip woke me up a bit earlier than planned, but it allowed me to see a 25th floor sunrise in Mexico City. Buenos Dias Mexico! We are ready to see more of what you have to offer to us. As I had mentioned before in the first update, this was one of the nicest hotels I had stayed in, and breakfast did not disappoint. Yeay breakfast spread! Everybody is up and ready for going to see some Mexican Culture. The sun starting to show on our Hotel in the morning. but since we are outside it must mean that..... ....it's time to catch the bus. On to Culture! This here is David, one of our tour guides, explaining how Mexico City used to be a large lake that over time had been turned into the city that it is today. On the way, we passed one of the tallest (maybe it was the tallest) towers in Mexico. They also told us how many of the 26 million people who live in Mexico City live right on the boarder of the city and district in places like this. Mexico City and the surrounding areas have plenty of mountains. We also passed by one of the old missions that were built by the Spanish as they had their conquest of the lands of what is now Mexico. Cactus on a fence! Turns out cactus has many uses as we will find out later. And this symbol probably means that we are here. Outside of the first area of the pyramids that we explored were these stands selling souvenirs and other items to visitors. I didn't buy anything coming in, but would come back to buy a hat as we went back to the bus to head over to the other section of the pyramids. *Storytime* While looking at the hats, I asked the lady who was selling them if they had larger ones, and she found one that just happened to be a perfect fit. I asked her how much and she first said "300 Pesos". While thinking about it, Robb called over to let me know that everyone was heading back to the bus, and so I said that I needed to catch up with them, so she says "200 Pesos". I try to let her know that I really needed to catch them, so then she says "150 pesos, just for you". At this point, I ask "100 Pesos?" So we get to a compromise of 130 pesos, or roughly $11.70. Who knew that Robb could be such a great bargaining tool The hat will be seen later. Of course more "traditional" sombreros could also be had if the price is right. After the little market area, you get a little glimpse of the pyramids before entering the information building. A television that presents different images and videos of the things that go on in Teotihuacan. Pyramid pictures An overview of the area Throughout the pyramid areas, there were different guys selling things like toys, jewelry, whistles and other items. Some would be really persistent no matter how often you said "No gracias" Off in the distance you can see the Pyramid of the Sun. These smaller pyramids formed a sort of public square for rituals to be held for all of the people TPR folks begin the first of many stair climbs of the day. When you reach the top of the first set, you can see the "public square" area. The other side ....and strait ahead David explains how the people who lived here built the pyramids, fitting smaller stones with larger ones It was almost like an ancient form of tetris. Heading over to one of the larger pyramids of this area. This tells about the structure. While it doesn't look to bad to climb up... ...it is actually quite steep and the steps are fairly large, so it does take some time and effort to get up....as well as back down. You can go to the other side of it to see these old ruins Was this a monument of spiritual meaning, or just a part of the set to Legends of the Hidden Temple? Let's find out.... There is the symbol for the Brick Beasts ....and the Concrete Cougars. All kidding aside, these ruins were really neat to see.
  13. I kind of wonder about the amount of clearance between the cars and the station/ground. One thing you will notice about a skyride is that anytime there are people in it, the cable sags a bit more than when there is no one in the car. While more tension could help this, I would worry that too much could be bad for the ride system. If they are going to have more of a track system between the two wheels than that would be different. -Gary
  14. Day 0 Continued....... Going through the loop The front spike Now we'll give Montana Infinitum some love! The equivalent of boobs to a coaster nerd Going down the first drop. There is just something about Schwarzkopf coasters that makes them great for pictures! One more picture for the road. We will be back to La Feria in a couple days! While near La Feria, Cliff decided to play Russian Roulette with his stomach by trying some of the local food from a street vendor. Will Cliff be okay, or would Montezooma have his revenge? The answer would be in the hotel bathroom the next day! In the area was a bunch of merchants selling things such as food, hats, toys, and other random thins, but these Luchadore Masks caught my attention.... ....and at 35 pesos (or roughly $3.15), I had to have one! Meet Blanco Nino (pronounced as Blahn-co Neen-yo, but couldn't figure out how to type it out in proper Spanish writing) Oh no! Blanco Nino has Jeremiah in a headlock! Of course I couldn't be the only one with a mask. Cliff actually bought two, the other will be seen later, this being his dragon/lizard mask. Jeremiah also buys one, going for the Batman mask. So as we leave from the area near La Feria, we see that some of the walking bridges have very high safety standards. It looks like some of the Mexican people have mellowed out from their anger with the police. Perhaps they enjoyed some special brownies or something to that effect. Mexican crosswalks feature electric signs like ours, but some of theirs are cooler as the little green dude actually walks when you are able to. He even walks faster as the timer gets close to the end. Knowing about how you should avoid Mexican Tap water, I decided to stock up on bottled water...turns out you could buy this 10 liter bottle for less than 3 bucks! After returning to the hotel, we went up to the 40th floor for some extra pictures, and the view is just as awesome! This being on the other side from where our room was. This was also the first time I used panorama on my phone's camera From this side, you could actually see La Feria. Again it was really close to the hotel. After a few pictures, we went back down to the hotel bar. This is what you saw if you looked strait up. Those who know me know that I am not much of a "good" beer drinker. It's usually Bud Light or Coors Light for me if I have beer. I asked my sister is this was acceptable for drinking Mexican beer, and she acknowledged I made a step up. I actually really liked Modelo Light. The only problem is that when I go as my Lucho Libre alter-ego Blanco Nino, I havn't figured out how to drink beer with the mask on. Cliff, however, has discovered that both of his masks allow for him to drink beer. This was one of the first of many beers that Cliff would enjoy on the trip. "Ha ha, I can still drink beer with my mask on!" The collection of Lucho Libre masks we accumulated at the market. And with that, Blanco Nino approves the arrival day! Especially since at one point, the bar had Lucho Libre Wrestling on the big screen! Hope you guys enjoyed the first update of my account of the TPR Mexico Tour! More to come soon as my work schedule permits.
  15. Hey Everyone! So a couple days ago I returned from Mexico having been on the TPR Mexico Tour, and I have to say that it was an AMAZING experience! Robb and Elissa always outdo themselves when it comes to these trips. I especially enjoyed the chance to really experience the culture of Mexico. Don't get me wrong, I love theme parks and roller coaster which was a big reason for this trip, but I think the chance to truly experience the culture along with the parks made it that much better! It was great to see the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, the Downtown Mexico City area with the National Palace, The Bellet Folklorico, The Jose Cuervo Factory Tour in the Tequila Valley near Guadalajara, trying the authentic food, and to just see the different areas. I understand that some people have reservations about going to Mexico because of what is talked about in the news, but honestly, I never really felt unsafe while I was there, and really enjoyed how friendly the people were. Going through Mexico City and Guadalajara was just like any city in the US, as long as you watch yourself, your belongings, keep a low profile and go with a group, you will be just fine. For this trip report, because of how many pictures I have to share and the number of little anecdotes there are to tell, some of the days may be broken up into parts as they are worthy of their own update. I easily took nearly 1000 pictures on this trip, and while I may not get them all on here, I will certainly do my best to share with you my experience on this incredible trip that we had. With that being said, here is the first update..... Day 0: Arriving in Mexico! With any trip, there is a need for travel. Luckily for this trip, we were given the full day to arrive and get to the hotel without having anything scheduled, so that gave me an opportunity to explore the area near the hotel with Jeremiah and Cliff as I had an early flight. The evening was mostly spent at the hotel bar getting to know new folks who I had not yet met before, and seeing old friends from previous trips. So this is what the first day was like according to Gary.....http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1296132#p1296132 Here is the plane at Orlando International waiting to be boarded, but where is it going to? To Houston! While not our destination, it would only be a short layover until the flight to Mexico City. The start of a sunrise from over 30,000 feet. While not the same as a sunrise at the beach, it is still neat to see. A little bit later on. The sun from the wing's point of view This is good to know! Especially since it probably isn't much fun to fall from up here to land on the ground... or into the Gulf of Mexico in our case. Luckily, no one took that step, ensuring we all arrived safely to Houston. I sure feel better knowing that they only serve real food in Houston! Does that include the collective state ego? Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed my visit with TPR in 2009, but I have never seen a state that is so full of itself. The last time I would see American Soil for a week, and the last chance to send text messages or call with my phone without getting raped with high rates by Sprint if I did so in Mexico. And there it is! Mexico! Certainly has some beautiful mountains, these ones being just a bit outside of Mexico City After landing and getting through customs, I had some time to kill while waiting for Jeremiah so that we could catch a cab to the hotel together. In this time I discovered that they have Oreo Cones for ice cream at McDonald's in Mexico. I also had my first Mexican Coke of the trip. For those who don't know, they use REAL sugar for their Coke.....Muy Delicioso! I also found that they have 7-Eleven right inside the airport! Had I still be living in North Carolina, I would have totally sprinted to this place for a slurpee, however we have plenty of them in Florida, so I just casually walked by for the picture. After Jeremiah arrived, we took the cab over to our first hotel, the Hyatt Regency in the Polanco Area. Easily the highest quality level hotel I have ever stayed in, and it was quite nice! The beds were very comfortable The bathroom was very classy. Hooray for classy showers! It was nice that we got to stay at this hotel for 4 nights, which is almost unheard of for a TPR Trip! But what I enjoyed the most about this hotel was the view from our room on the 25th floor! It was incredible what all you could see. Mexico has many beautiful Cathedrals. We would get a chance to see three other large ones up close. Mexico City sits in a valley that is surrounded by mountains, but what many people may not know is that Mexico City is also higher in elevation than Denver. Over 7000 ft. up! Before venturing into Mexico, you definitely want to take advantage of the currency difference. It is definitely to our advantage right now as a peso equals about 8 to 9 cents! Before going out to explore the Polanco area near the hotel, a few more picture of the lobby area, the first being the hotel bar which we would come back to later. A look at the glass ceiling above the hotel bar. Now that we are outside of the hotel, why don't we go see what there is in the area? Turns out there is a Hard Rock Café near the hotel. A group of us would come back later in the week to check it out. I'll bet those ass-chairs would look great in the apartment! Martin Luther King Jr. has a statue in Mexico City....not exactly sure that he actually did anything in Mexico, but still neat to see. After a loop around the neighborhood, it was time for some food! This pizza place proved to be quite good! I really enjoy a good local joint more than the big chains. Jeremiah's pie. I don't recall what it was called, but I remember him saying something about it being spicy. I myself went for the Hawaiian. This place is definitely worth trying if you are in the area. Another statue, this being a person from one of the ancient cultures I do believe Another statue, since they have many of them in the area. After stopping back at the hotel and running into Cliff, the three of us went on for a walk towards La Feria and saw how some of the Mexican people really feel about law enforcement. Something to the tune of "Painting the Roses Red" came to mind when I saw this, but it was more like "We're painting the trees blanco!" A look at part of the skyline of Mexico City....this picture does not do the city justice in showing how incredibly large the city is in land area! Seems only fitting that they would have such a large flag to fly in the sky. A little bit further of a walk and we were right outside of La Feria Chapultepec Magico. This would be part of our second park day for the tour. The park even has a log ride as well The wooden coaster, Montana Rusa, was one of the most anticipated coasters of the trip for many of us. Would it live up to the hype? I'll tell you what I thought about it when we get to our visit to the park. Cascabel, the Schwarzkopf shuttle looper, was another highly anticipated coaster for many of us in our group. This was going to be my first shuttle looper as the only other park I had been to with one was Knott's Berry Farm, and that was back when I was a younger kid who wasn't as big into the coasters yet. Montana Infinitum peeking over the fence, another Schwarzkopf classic that many were looking forward to riding. Cascabel going up the rear spike. I see you cable wheel! Cascabel's loop hiding in the trees
  16. ^^ - If time is a concern, they would most likely be better off with Cedar Point than Florida, because as Robb mentioned, there are many excellent attractions at the parks here in Florida. The problem is that the attractions he listed are spread out between about 7 parks. That is not including the upcoming wood coaster at the Fun Spot in Orlando, or even Test Track at EPCOT, which could potentially bring that number to 9 parks. The amount of time spent could vary depending on if they were only coming for the few attractions that are mentioned at each park, or if they decided they wanted to try more of what each park has to offer. Cedar Point, on the other hand, has many thrilling coasters that are all located in the same park. Cedar Point would also be the cheaper option as it would require just one day if they go at a slower time, or two if it is busier. Which ever one they choose to go with though, I would have no doubt they will have a great time! -Gary T.
  17. I am so glad that I started putting some money away for the Scandi trip next year
  18. Hey guys, So Tuesday was my first full day off from work since two days after Christmas, and I figured that I would enjoy my first day at Magic Kingdom in 2013. While I was there, I took a few pictures with my phone, most of which were of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster. From Adam's update, there have been a few pieces of track added, otherwise it looks like most of the progress was probably not as noticeable from the viewing areas. But here is a look at what I saw while at the park. Upon arrival to the park, the Main Street Philharmonic Band was performing. Really adds to the atmosphere. Walking across the bridge from Main Street to Fantasyland, you can see the new piece of track that has since been added. The lift hill as seen before, along with the new track Part of the building has been closed off since last time. I had not seen this since the last time I went to Magic Kingdom for a visit, but they have set up areas for you to look in on the construction Dopey invites you to take a glance at the construction of their new coaster. Another glance at the area as seen from near the Mad Tea Part and entrance to Storybook Circus The section of track that has since been added Another glance at the station area Grumpy shows the look that many will have while waiting for 2-plus hours during the Winter Break Season of 2014. In the future, this could make a great view of the ride from near the Storybook Circus entrance with the Castle and the coaster This shot was taken from near the exit of Winnie the Pooh Another viewing window is available near the entrance to New Fantasyland The drop-off from one of the coaster's lift hills "Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go...." Closer look Side view along the path that goes by the Little Mermaid attractions A look at what I believe will be the house of the Seven Dwarfs This gate blocks what will be the connecting path to Storybook Circus Another look at the track that was recently added from the same area I cannot wait to see this area when the ride is done. Hope you guys enjoyed the update.
  19. Just wanted to see if I could confirm arrival and departure days for the Mexico Trip so that I can ensure that I am entering my time off request with Disney correctly. Am I reading it correctly that you could arrive for start of the tour the morning of Saturday, March 23 and then depart home Saturday, March 30? (Unless you decided to add time on your own to either end) Thanks for your help guys! -Gary T.
  20. Mexico looks like a fantastic trip, and the fact that it is with the TPR crew makes it even better, so in the words of a Hispanic celebration....... OLE!!!!!!!
  21. Certainly does help the presence of the Sea World Parks in San Diego as others had said, plus I would believe this will lead to greater sales in season passes should they offer a two-park pass like they do in VA for BG/Water Country, SeaWorld Orlando/Aquatica, BG/Adventure Island in Tampa, etc... Certainly adds more bang for the buck for those who own a Platinum Pass and actually go to multiple SeaWorld Park locations each year as well.
  22. This is definitely a loss. In a way, it was almost like a cult coaster, provided a great ride but not too many people knew about it. I too felt that the "stand-alone" aspect of it was a bit odd, but at least I had a chance to ride it. It shall be missed. -Gary T.
  23. It was awesome to see all that IAAPA had to offer this year. Thank you for sharing it! While I wasn't able to go myself, I did have an experience at work related to the event. Working the rental boat dock at Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, I had a guest come over to the dock for his boat, and he asked "Are you the big coaster fan?" (Which I later found out he was told by one of my fellow Cast Members in the rental booth that I was). It was Brian Ondrey of Irvine Ondrey Engineering, and as I talked with him, I found out that he was working with GCI on White Lightning at Fun Spot. He had also done quite a bit of work with Bolliger and Mabillard on a couple of their coasters. He was also really happy as he had just recently started his own company and thanks to IAAPA, he landed a couple of good contracts. I mentioned Theme Park Review and he said he had just talked to Robb shortly before coming to the resort. In all, I thought it was awesome to meet him, and really enjoyed the chat! -Gary T.
  24. I think I had more fun watching it get demolished than I did ridding it. It will be interesting to see how all of that space is utilized in the future. -Gary T.
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