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  1. I'll be there! Can't wait for this awesomeness! I remember the good ol' days when there were some TPR Trivia during meet-ups and coaster trips and they were some of the most fun I've had...EVER!!! Seriously people...if you're not signed up, you should check this out! Jimmy "See you at 5pm stupid Arizona time" Bo
  2. Bert, The funhouse was open on Joker. Six Flags did a great job with extra precautions for COVID, but as a whole, it seemed like the state of Texas didn't care too much (plus a lot of people around the park either not wearing masks or wearing them improperly). Six Flags was only letting your party through the funhouse (so I got to go by myself) and the main line was outside...before the funhouse.
  3. Happy 2020 y'all!!!! But in all seriousness, i had the pleasure of going to the great state of Texas this past weekend and i had some time to visit Six Flags Fiesta Texas. I haven't been to every Six Flags park, but this one is one of my favorites in terms on scenery, ride selection and theming. Six Flags and theming usually don't go in the same sentence but i love how this park does it's best at separating out rides and themes rather than just placing a new ride in a calling it good (there are some exceptions at this park and I'll get to that later). Well, as usual with my reports...let's get on with the show (and be sure to read the captions!)... Driving around in Texas and I see something peeking out over the quarry wall. What can it be? Oh, it must be a Six Flags park right here in the great state of Texas! After breezing through the temperature checkpoint, no touch bag check, metal detector, COVID swab, and butt probe, i make my way to the front gate with my reservation in hand. Even though Halloween just ended...there is already Christmas decoration up. Last time i was at this park was in 2007. Let's see if anything has changed since then, shall we? Well, Boomerang is still there and unfortunately it's still the first ride you see. Welcome to Six Flags...let's bash your brains in! Remember when i said that this park likes to have theming? Well, this coaster is an exception. It feels like it's just left over from an era that no one cares about but they don't want to remove it because surprisingly, people still ride this thing. Time for some good Dog chasing Bird type rides. The airtime on this ride is nuts! And it's a family coaster? Well done Six Flags! Something seems new since my last visit...you mean there isn't a terrible wooden coaster that wants to punch you in the kidney in this location anymore? Wait...there's theming? Wow! I can't wait to ride this thing! Snake Wranglers! Being from Arizona, we sure could use these guys around every corner. I can't tell you how many snakes I've seen (and even rattlesnakes) since living in Arizona. Iron Rattler sure has one hell of a first drop! I love how it utilizes the Quarry Wall all around the ride. This ride was non stop insane! Diviing, turning, looping, being thrown out of my seat...such a great ride and RMC really knows how to deliver! The one thing I loved about this park was that it seemed liked there were always a couple kiddie rides near the bigger, more thrilling rides. That way, if little ones don't want to ride the more thrilling ride, they can hop on some of these kiddie rides. I think that's a great idea, rather than having ALL kiddie rides in one location and not near the major thrill rides. This ride was supposedly new for this year...unfortunately it was closed for the season when i went. I'd like to see this car and the Snake Wrangler car race. My money is on this guy to win! Looking back at some of the Western area of the park's theming. If you ever make it to Six Flags Fiesta Texas...this picture is a must! Such a great area of the park! Oh and look....theming! ROCKS!!!! And not just any rock...it's a CLIFF ROCK!!! You're welcome for learning some history here on Theme Park Review. They had a mini Bellagio show going on. H....2.....Ho? ..... Oh, i see what they did there....now that is clever marketing. Nice touch! Another great area of the park to cool off during the hot days. When i went it was freezing and only 78 degrees. Coming from Arizona, 78 is cold when it's over 100 degrees 115 days out of the year. Well this looks like fun! Who thinks they can touch the Quarry Wall? This picture gives you a better perspective of how far it actually is from the wall. Still riding this thing, you feel like you're going to hit it. New for this year....The Joker eats you and he ends uppitiest with pink eye. This was noted as the tallest in the world. I went on Wonder Woman at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and CraZanity at Six Flags Magic Mountain when they were the tallest. Is this thing like 5 feet taller? Anyway, this thing was HUGE and you can see it ALL around the park. Once again, right across from Joker's pink eye was another family ride. If people didn't want to ride Joker (or get pink eye) they can tackle all the villains from the DC comics. And speaking of defeated DC villains...it's time to get punched by Superman! This was one of my favorites when i visited in 2007. Sadly, it's definitely got a rattle to it and I could only ride it about 10 times before i was done. NEVER SEEN BEFORE!!! THE BACKSIDE OF SUPERMAN!!!!! Through the trees!!! (Always have to have one of those in my reports...and this is going way back before some of you kids were born!) Super man is still a fun ride. I just hope that I had it on an off day and it's not always rattling and brain destroying. Hey look...a kiddie coaster for the win! Sad and Pathetic Coaster Count going up! Time for lunch. The servers were very nice and the restaurant was very clean and took many precautions in regards to the COVID thing that's going around. My $32 lunch...and that price is not an exaggeration. It was nice seeing some of the characters out and about. They kept their distance but it's still nice to see some entertainers still have a job during this time. Time to head down the street and check out more "City Block" theming. And what better Super Hero theme fits in with a City Block (other than any Marvel related one)...that is the one and only Batman! And i guess he's playing in a movie theater? Sure, why not? Oooo! Controlly thingys that make Super Hero know more than normal people! Hi Jarvis! Oh wait...wrong guy.... Batman has a pretty sweet ride. Although i would hate to have to change those tires. I mean, where would you even have the spare tire? I will be honest...I could not wait to get off this ride. Maybe it's me and my old age, or being in Arizona and not hitting up as many theme parks any more, but this thing nearly made me nauseous. I can deal with rides flipping and looping when i know it's coming, but this thing was out of control and I was ready for it to be done. With that being said, it was still fun, but I've been on it and I don't feel like I need to wait more than 5 minutes to ride another one of these. But the Batman Hustler Entrance??? What is Bruce Wayne doing for his real job now? One second after this phot was taken, someone lost their cell phone. Seriously people...this thing was spinning out of control! But it was a nice addition to the park. I think this is where there used to be an antique car ride there from when i went in 2007, but Batman was a nice upgrade! Looking back after getting off Batman....the Joker was having his last laugh at me. Time for the ride i was most excited about on this trip...Superman Cobra Roll. No seriously, Wonder Woman...my first single rail coaster by RMC. Hi Gal! Fun story...my first ride was unusual. I've never been on one of these and I didn't know that the train doesn't stop in the station. The ride operators were splitting up the cars with people in groups. I was by myself (yes, I was a loner in the Lone Star State) and they sat me in the very back row. Two other large humans sat in the first 2 rows. The train got to a section in the station where it was about to go up the lift hill but then they stop it...the 2 large humans were too large and couldn't fit in the restraints. Instead of putting other people on the ride, they let me go...by myself....in the back row....by myself. AND HOLY HELL this ride kicked my @$$ and whipped me around. After experiencing my first ride by myself, I had to go back on and see if it was just because it was just me in the back or if every ride was that insane..... EVERY RIDE WAS THAT INSANE!!! Seriously, RMC outdid themselves here. This thing is a winner and with so many clones of these rides going up, I'm definitely not sad about that. This ride was the winner of the day! Time to head on down an empty street in Texas the SCREAM! These rides are fun. And with this one launching up and then launching down...it's well worth the 2 minute wait I had. Another fun fact...next to SCREAM! was another couple kiddie rides for the younger folks. In case the little ones didn't like super tall drop rides, they had a couple options right next to SCREAM! Time to head to Ocean front property where there will be great views of the beach and waves.... ...Or just more rides on a fake Boardwalk. But what is that I see in the distance? It's not Scooby Doo?!?!?!?! It's the cheap version of Pirates of the Caribbean where you shoot them and get blasted by cannons and sneak up on Pirates having sex in a bed....you think I'm lying? First off, this high quality realistic Pirate tells you a tale of treachery, debauchery, and scandal (and no...not the election) There's a map to be followed! Follow the Map! Even though you aren't steering your vessel but who's really counting these days? Next is some sort of Haunted Mansion stretching room where the pictures change. And you're off...getting blasted by cannons.... ...and sneaking up on Pirates having sex (and you thought I was kidding!) It really was a fun ride and very different from the Scooby Doo ride that was there when iI was here in 2007. Continuing down the Boardwalk, it's time to meet Tony Hawk....or someone who isn't Tony Hawk but still a skateboarder. Pandemonium (previously Tony Hawk's Big Spin, previously Joker's Revenge, previously a Quarry Wall) These are fun little rides and great for the whole family. I still wonder if they will ever put something larger in the area behind this ride. Time to take a shot of Fireball Whiskey! Heading back from the Boardwalk, the Joker is still laughing at me almost getting nauseous on Batman. Let it go man! Another ride with great theming. You walk into a haunted house and then this creepy ghost (poltergeist) pushes you out the house and takes you through one hell of a mess of track...but then returns you safely because he's a nice ghost. Did I get the theme correct? It really is a mess of track. Next up, my favorite area of the park. Especially during this time of year when the trees are changing (we don't have seasons in Arizona...we have Hot and Cold...there's no Fall or Spring) In this wonderful German town is none other than the GRAND Carousel. It's not Big...it's GRAND! Also, why not get the kids into Beer Steins but cleverly say it's a Kinderstein. Start drinking at a young age. This is a fnun little water ride. And I got absolutely SOAKED on it! Little did I know, that this Dragon was going to be the culprit in my soaking. Yay...it's a fun little water ride. Not a big drop, not that much water...but.... Then this guy decides to spit his nasty spit water all over everyone and it was absolutely drenching! Thanks Dragon...I had wet clothes in my bags on the airplane! Nice little drop near the end. This would seem like the area where you would get wet...but nope! It was the damn Dragon from before! Time to leave this beautifully themed area and head to the best themed area and ride in the entire park..... ...Goliath...oh wait, what? Where the hell is this ride, what is this ride, how does it fit in anywhere? Oh, you mean it's a ride that didn't get destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and it's free so they just decided to put it at the front of the park and copy a sign used at Six Flags Magic Mountain because it looks cool. Ok, that makes title sense! The ride is found in the corner of the front of the park past the lockers...so in other words...h=it's the Goliath of Lockers and Stroller rentals! Although not a parking lot coaster...it's still great to watch from the parking lot. Remember people...when you visit Six Flags DoTheSix!!!!!!! Thanks for reading!
  4. I'm finally catching up on all these reports and I've come to realize something Chuck....YOU MUST BE RICH!!!! Seriously, how many trips have you been on?!?! But in all seriousness, if you know you want to go on a trip, then you can plan for it but it is really fun to see all your trip reports in a nutshell. I've always enjoyed reading your reports when you posted them rather soon after the trips because your commentary on the photos always cracks me up. If I need a good laugh, I have a couple cocktails and then read a famous Chuck "cfc" Trip Report and I'll be aching in my side from laughing so much. Jimmy "These pictures are great Chuck!!!" Bo
  5. ^^ Arizona is not going to be at max capacity and if people think it will, then they get the hell off the road because ever since this state opened up, a whole lot of STUPID returned to the streets. Everyone who has been in their own quarantine and hasn't driven in the past month, needs to go through driver's ed course again. Now, let's get back to the main reason of this thread...KNOTT'S BERRY FARM!!!!! Who loves boysenberry jam on their toast? Who can't wait for this park in California to open back up? My boys loved Knott's Berry Farm when we visited a couple years ago and now they pretty much love everything with Snoopy in it. We even got old school Comic Strip books with some of the comics in them to read. It's really entertaining and hilarious. This park really brings back memories because when I was growing in California, I used to go here all the time. I am excited to see the changes they will implement when it is time for them to open up and i'm interested in the virtual queue system. Jimmy "I LOVE KNOTT'S" Bo
  6. Awesome stuff Chuck! I can't wait to see more. I've always enjoyed reading your trip reports because you put so much thought and wit into your descriptions of the photos as well as the story behind your trip. I still can't believe the first official trip was sooooo long ago. Thanks for the memories Chuck and i can't wait to see if you have any crazy pictures with me. HAHA Jimmy "This is s great idea Chuck" Bo
  7. Castle Hotel I don't even know where to begin with this place. When we booked this place far in advance and didn't tell the boys we were going to go here, we didn't know what to expect. Well, it exceeded anything we expected. The staff, the resort, the amenities, the atmosphere and the overall experience was just AWESOME! I will say that if you want to visit Legoland for more than one day, then i highly recommend staying at one of the resorts on site. When we were there, the Legoland Hotel was closed so we only got to see the Castle Hotel but we were not sad about that. There were so many things everywhere to keep anyone and everyone entertained. I will let the photos speak for themselves but if we ever decide to do Legoland again for more than a day, we will definitely be going to the Castle Hotel again. Enjoy! The entrance to the Castle Hotel is very Grand...but it has also been taken over by spiders! Our boys were very excited and surprised because they had no idea we were coming here. Excited faces!!! The Lobby was amazing! While the parents check in, there were so many things for the kids to do. There was a slide in the lobby which made Griffin the happiest kid in the world. There was the royal chair where there's a tiny Frog King on top of the chair that talks and sings to you when you sit on it. Griffin is excited to explore more of the lobby! There's a Knock-Knock Door, which tells jokes and stories when you "knock" on it. There's even a jail that the kids can place themself in when they know they have done something bad. And the mouse with the key will never let them out! And not to mention a giant pit full of LEGOs where you can build anything and everything! Up the stairs, they had the sorting hat from Harry Potter. My boys have heard the audio books for the first 2 books and seen the first 2 movies and they love Harry Potter. Jackson said that the hat told him he was in Slytherin. While of course Griffin was in Gryffindor. They even had the full Hogwarts LEGO Castle on Display! (only $399.99) Our favorite souvenir at any park we go to are the Penny Machines. We collected 21 pennies while we were here this visit and we can collect more on our next visit. The boys love the Penny Machines more than getting a stuffed animal or some other souvenir and the pennies usually are cheaper and last longer than a stuffed animal. Time for the Playground!! Great area for kids to run around in. My boys especially love the "Ninja Course" on the playground. The playground had everything for every age. Time to test our Ninja skills! My boys love American Ninja Warrior so every playground they go to, they make up their own course. This playground had it's own course so they thought that the playground was AWESOME! Balancing is a difficult task when your big brother is trying to pass you. But it had everything for kids to play on! Plus, there was a theater right next to the playground where they showed LEGO shows. The directors made sure that the correct show was playing. And it wouldn't be complete unless they had characters. Here's the Queen of the Castle. Time to check out the room!!!!! As soon as you walk in, you know this is going to be an epic room! In order to open this safe, the kids have to do a scavenger hunt every day and crack the code. The scavenger hunt takes you all around the Hotel and you have to answer the questions with numbers. Once the correct numbers have been chosen, you get to open the safe and inside there's a surprise. What's the surprise? It's a new LEGO Set every day you have your room serviced! The wall paper everywhere had something to look at. Here's the kids Bunk Bed! (And their own "room") And there is even a projection on the ceiling that shows a starry night with an occasional shooting star. Here's the adult bed (King Size) With our very own stained glass window! There are LEGO figures throughout the room. This Dragon watches over us while we sleep (not creepy at all...) This mouse is holding up a book. And what is that giant LEGO Head you ask? That's the Ice bucket. So AWESOME! There is always something to look at on the walls. There are even questions on some of the wall paper where you have to find things within your room! Jackson thought this was awesome because it was a great way to find everything in the room. Griffin thought he could sleep in the giant bed.... ...but the great thing about the boys having their own room was that they had their own TV too. So after a long day at the park, nothing like relaxing and watching TV with "milk" and cookies on your bunk bed. Jackson even did some of the LEGO sets that were in the treasure safe! Time to check out the restaurant. At the Castle Hotel, it was the Dragons Den...and complete with LEGO figures everywhere. While you waited for a table, there were thing for the kids to do. They could make pictures with LEGOs They could see how skinny they are before they eat and then how fat they are after they eat in the crazy mirrors. Take a spin on the spinning wheel and do whatever it says! The great thing about Legoland is that they really do care about people with allergies. Before you get your table, the hostess asks if anyone has an allergy. If you do (like Jackson) then the chef comes out and tells you want is safe on the menu to have. For breakfast (since it's a buffet and free with your stay at the hotel) the chef comes out and shows you what is safe on the buffet line. They really went far and above anything we've experienced in regards to how much they care about people with allergies. And another plus, is that they are a peanut free facility because Jackson is also allergic to peanuts. The boys found Dragon eggs while we waited for our dinner. In the morning, the chef actually cooked Jackson dairy free pancakes...which is a huge deal for him because he loves pancakes but we always have to make it from scratch at home because almost no where serves them without having to use dairy. So of course Griffin got the real pancakes and ate them up. There are little LEGO figures all throughout the restaurant. It really gave you something to look at everywhere you looked. Griffin wanted to lock himself in jail one more time while we walked around at night. Here's the inside of jail. You can also push the button to make the wizard talk and then everything above him starts to move. Another outside shot of the hotel Again...this place is AWESOME! Time to say farewell to the Knights, Kings and Queens at the Hotel. At night, lights make the Hotel even more spooky with the spider webs. And thus concludes the trip. Everything at the Legoland Resort was AWESOME!
  8. Legoland Part II Time to ... you guessed it ... Build a Boat! Kids can build a boat out of LEGOs and race it down the river You pull the lever to release the boat and watch it either make it to the end or crash down the river. Here's a good look at the river. Griffin's didn't make it most of the time but he still had a fun time building them. SPACESHIP! Benny is our favorite LEGO Character They had scenes from the LEGO Movie 2 The scenes were very impressive to see how they are constructed. Then we got to see Wildstyle ... or Lucy The boys loved seeing her! LEGO Movie World is going to open next Spring in California The posters had some of the rides that will be there and pictures from the park in Florida. It's going to be a great addition and it's taking over where HeartLake City was. Time to head up the Hill for some food. The Royal Feast! Jackson got to have sorbet! He is allergic to Dairy so he was very excited that Legoland takes care of people with allergies and are very nice and cooperative with people you need special restrictions on their food. Here's my treat! Apple Fries are to Legoland like what Dole Whip is to Disneyland...it's a necessary treat! Time to ride the Dragon! Griffin rode this twice while Jackson did his own Ninja Warrior routine on the playground. It's still such a great family ride. I love the dark ride section of the coaster too! This Knight is ready to take on the Black Knight! ....and.....this Knight needs to grow a couple more inches..... Jackson's favorite ride at the par. He rode it about 15 times while we were there. You get the ride your own horse and joust with LEGO figures around the track. And then you defeat the Black Knight at the end. Jackson loved it! There was still some spooky theming around the park! Deep Sea Adventure! New this year and and AWESOME addition to the park! Great theming outside. And like almost all other attractions...they have an area for kids to build LEGOs while the adults wait in line. LEGO Dive Man gives you instructions on your task and what lies ahead. You are told that you are going to embark on an underwater advetnreu and that you need to find the treasure under the sea. Here is the vessel for your voyage! You look through portholes and can see several LEGO figures and real fish, sharks, and sting rays There is a display that shows you what you need to find and when you find it, you tap the display and it logs that you found that item. There were so many things to find and it was fun to see real fish and sharks swim along the submarine. The LEGO figures added the special LEGO feel to the ride. Once you were down with your voyage, you got to see how your ranked in finding all the items. It was such a fun ride and I hope more rides like this are built. Great for the entire family (No height limit!!!) In the gift shop, you can build your own LEGO fish. There were several stations where you could build a fish.... ....and then the fish appears on the screen and swims around for awhile. You can even tap in certain areas to "feed" the fish. This was truly a great addition to the park! After seeing all the fish, Griffin found his inner Fisherman. The Duplo Playtown moved to the top of the hill to make way for the new LEGO Movie World near HeartLake City. My boys were just happy that the train made the move! Spooky theming still haunts the park. When you need time to relax...just go play some LEGO Video Games. It was quite hilarious watching them play these games at a theme park that we have at home. Time for my boy's favorite land...Ninjago! Griffin loves all the characters. Here he is with Jay (his favorite character) and the dragon. Even if they were just LEGO figures, he still had to do his pose. Here he is with his 2nd favorite character, Lloyd! Zane is keeping a watch over Ninjago Land Another pose with LEGO figure Jay. Nya came out to say hi! And then Jay. So many characters in this small land. Time for Kai's Spinners. The great part about when we went to the park, was that there were hardly any crowds. So for a lot of the rides, the boys didn't know what they were going to do because no one was riding them. But once they found out, they always had an AWESOME time! Time for some slides And it's not a LEGO ride without some LEGO theming. Jackson won every time because he would always go on 2 instead of 3 when the ride op would count down. If you ever want to become deaf, spend 1 minute in Pharoh's Kingdom. The air cannons are so loud that it hurts the ear drum just thinking about them. Tea Cups...minus the Tea The boys loved to get everyone soaked on the Aqua Blasters And then everyone got me and Jackson soaked. Now, it's time for my favorite ride at the park...Ninjago The Ride. The theming in the queue is great. If you had to wait in line (which we didn't) it had a lot of things to keep you busy. Movies played throughout the queue line They even have a green screen photo op. Here's the ride vehicles. I'm not a nerd so I have no idea who designed this ride but I love it. It is so simple and once you figured out the controls, it was a lot of fun. Your arm gets so sore after going on this ride a lot but it is AWESOME! And who needs 1 High Score of the day when you can get both....THIS GUY!!!! I found a Ninja at the Gift Shop! Thanks for reading! Part III - The Castle Hotel will be up shortly!
  9. Legoland California. This is a park that I will always enjoy. Not only is it 10 minutes from where I grew up (and still 10 minutes from my dad's house) but I am a huge LEGO fan and thankfully my boys are as well. We decided to stay on property this time and I will tell you now, that it is totally worth it. This report will be broken into 3 parts... Legoland Part I Legoland Part II Castle Hotel Legoland Part I - We surprised our boys with a visit during our Fall Break this year. They had no idea we were going here and they were totally excited. My oldest, Jackson, remembers visiting 3 years ago and remembered some rides. My youngest, Griffin, wasn't tall enough to ride pretty much anything last time (which is silly for a family park) so this time we made sure he was tall enough to ride a majority of the rides. My youngest finally rode his first roller coaster (and then his second) and he is a huge fan of them. He now wants to ride every roller coaster in the world (but still needs to grow before that can be accomplished.) My oldest still isn't too sure about them, but thankfully Legoland is not all about coasters, its about just having a fun time with your family...as long as the kids are tall enough to ride some rides. The only thing that is a bummer about Legoland is that they still do have height restrictions on some of the rides. It didn't bother us this time at all, but I kept hearing families being disappointed that their kids couldn't rides some rides because they weren't tall enough. Here's an idea, look at the website and height restrictions on the rides before you come to the park. Crazy, I know! Anyway, on to the first Part as the pictures will explain our glorious and AWESOME adventure through Legoland! The boys are excited to visit Legoland Legoland California was celebrating it's 20th birthday this year. I remember the year it opened since it's only 10 minutes from where I grew up. It was a huge deal to have this park in Carlsbad and I glad it has turned into a great family destination! LEGO Jake opens the park every day. First up, Coastersaurus. This was Griffin's very first roller coaster and he loved it. The ride-op gave both my boys "1st Coaster" pins. That was a nice touch. Someone is excited for his first roller coaster while the other is a little scared. This truly is such a great ride for kids to ease them into the roller coaster riding experience. Little amount of thrills but still a great family ride. Jackson finally started to enjoy it and put his hands in the air! Outside the coaster, Griffin decided to hatch from the egg and then play as a dinosaur while we rode Coastersaurus several times. Safari Trek time! Griffin literally thought he was driving the car the whole time....until a ride he rode later..... LEGO Lion! Griffin enjoyed the Lion! Time to head to Fun Town to check out their rides and decorations. This is one of the original lands from when the park opened and a lot has changed from 20 years ago. First up, Driving school. Here's where Griffin was REALLY driving a car (and would have passed his driving test!) Here's where Jackson was REALLY driving a car (and would have failed his driving test) But at least they can still drive a Limo and pick up celebrities! Time to fly some helicopters! Jackson took control of the Police Helicopter and destroyed all the bad guys! Griffin was in the Rescue Patrol helicopter but pretended he was a bad guy and destroyed all the Heroes. Kids and their imaginations! Fire and Rescue! This is such a great family attraction that every can enjoy (as long as you still meet the height requirement) Put out the FIRE!!! When we visited Legoland 3 years ago, this was Jackson's favorite attraction. You go inside and you have to search for a key in several different rooms. Last time we visited, we probably did this about 10 times. Thankfully, he a little older now and we only had to suffer through it one time. Fun Town has been taken over by Giant Spiders and their webs! Webs everywhere! Even the painter has to deal with Spiders! It was an intense situation in Fun Town but we made it out alive. Baby Shark, do do doo do do doo (You're welcome) Skipper School where the boys REALLY drive a boat Amazing views out on the open sea today! Only downside is that this ride takes forever and there is no shade along the water. It wasn't hot when we went (well, not hot for people from Arizona) but i can see how this ride might be a bit hot for some other people. Time to drive another boat and get completely drenched! The boys loved Splash Battle. We had to get EVERYTHING wet... ....including people taking our picture! HA! Now, time for a stroll along Mini Land. New Orleans has turned into Boo Orleans! The Spiders really have taken over! the Las Vegas section is still my favorite section (yes, above the Star Wars Section) because i just love the architecture in Vegas and the LEGOs capture it very well. We made it to Egypt! Now we are in New York...but the Vegas New York and not the other version about 200 feet on the other side. The first hotel my family stayed in when we visited Vegas the first time. And yes, we visited when there was still an amusement park there and it was amazing! Griffin making the volcano explode! I love that the rides at the top of the Stratosphere move. And i love that it's still the Stratosphere and not whatever name they are calling it now in the real Las Vegas The Death Star is so massive in person! "It's no moon...it's a space station!! WooHoo!!" (person who names that movie gets a cookie) Disneyland secretly used this model for Batuu and the Smuggler's Run attraction! My boys haven't seen any of the Star Wars movies, but they know all the characters thanks to the LEGO Star Wars video games and cartoons. These set pieces are still as impressive as when they first opened this area of Mini Land I spy an Ewok house in the trees! The Force Awakens makes an appearance in Star Wars Mini Land. No we are in New York....but the New York New York and not the Vegas version about 200 feet on the other side. More of New York's Skyline. Part II coming soon!
  10. Looks like an awesome coaster. I have never made it to Kennywood but if I ever find myself in that part of the country, i will definitely be checking this park out. Even though I'm not a Steelers fan, that will not stop me from riding this awesome looking ride. I think people that say "I'm not going to ride it because I hate the Steelers" really need to grow up. And if you hate them that much, then maybe you shouldn't belong in that city in the first place. I'm curious, how are the trains restraints? Are they comfortable? These look like new S&S trains and restraints so I'm wondering how comfortable they are. Jimmy "Go Chargers!" Bo
  11. I'm excited to see this coaster once it opens. My wife and I will be in Orlando in September so we may have to swing by IOA to ride this thing. Funny thing is, I showed my wife a picture of Elissa in the side car on the ride at Australia and asked her if she remembered that ride when we went on the TPR Australia tour. She said "We didn't ride that ride. I would have remembered riding it." Then I showed her some pictures from the TPR Index Page and you can see us riding it!! I guess it was such a great experience, she blocked it from her memory. Jimmy "I'm sort of excited about Universal......sort of...." Bo
  12. Why am I always hungry after every report you guys do?!?! And now there's even food merchandise?!?! And a new Dole Whip area?!?! Oh my god, I might have to call in sick to work tomorrow and just drive to Disneyland to check out the new restaurant by Jungle Cruise. I remember seeing the concept art and it looked fantastic! Thanks for always taking amazing pictures at these events so those unfortunate people that can only dream about visiting Disneyland, get to feel like they are there (and yes, I'm talking about me....) Jimmy "I WANT DONUT EARS!" Bo
  13. Glad to see you "enjoyed" what little this Grand Canyon State has to offer in terms of Theme parks. If you ever make it back out here, be sure to check Schnepf Farms. It is only open occasionally but it has the best coaster in the state. It may not be very tall but it sure has some "OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL" airtime moments when you sit in the back. We visited Wildlife World the month the new Roller Coaster opened (our third time at the park) and it was a nice addition. to the park. I really dislike that you still have to pay for a ticket to get into the park and then pay additional charges for EVERYTHING ELSE! And you are correct, there is no ATM in the park (although I believe there was one at the restaurant when we went). So expect to spend a lot of money if you want to do everything. I believe it still is one of the largest Privately Owned and Operated Zoos in the country...but that might have been a worker talking BS when we visited. Jimmy "Nice to see some love in the desert" Bo
  14. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3. Xcelerator, Indcredicoaster, Montu. 2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018? 4 (so sad being in Arizona where I won't even visit the parks here to get a fix....because, let's face it...they are pretty horrible!) 3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite? Disney's California Adventure (Mainly the new offerings at Pixar Pier and finally riding Radiator Springs Racers and Guardians of the Galaxy) 4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)? From what I went on....Guardians of the Galaxy at DCA. 5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018? Guardians of the Galaxy. I was a little upset they changed Tower of Terror but after riding Guardians...I was so happy they changed it! 6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018? Dole Whip! 7. What was your favorite new coaster of 2018 NOT made by RMC or Larson? I'll be honest...I didn't ride any new coaster and I didn't really keep up to date on which ones were new this year. After seeing trip reports to Energylandia, I'd have to say the coasters there look AWESOME! 8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019. Probably Legoland, California. 9. Best ride themed to a bird? Batman. The super hero is themed to a bat so that means the coasters are themed to a bat and a bat is a bird that flies at night...duh! 10. Lamest ride/coaster you rode in 2018? I didn't ride much but I will have to say Space Mountain at Disneyland. It was themed to Ghost Galaxy and I was very unimpressed with the crap that was inside. I couldn't see anything and the soundtrack was pretty lame. 11. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2019 ride) Steel Vengence because I need to get back to Cedar Point and ride ALL the rides i haven't ridden. 12. What new-for-2019 ride or coaster are you most looking forward to? I have no idea on all the rides coming out but the one at Six Flags Magic Mountain looks interesting. 13. Name the first totally middle-of-the-road (not bad/not great) park that comes to mind. Knott's Berry Farm. 14. You're in Orlando and magically have a 1-hour ERT session on 1 coaster of your choice at any park in the city. You choose... Expedition Everest 15. Holiday In The Park vs. Winterfest. Who reigns supreme? Not sure which one is which but I love Christmas Time decorations. 16. Mystic Timbers mystery shed or Wicker Man fire infusion? Everyone loves fire and wood together! 17. Which Six Flags have you been to most recently? Six Flags Magic Mountain...because it's the only one I've been to within the past 12 years 18. Intamin or Schwarzkopf? You may only choose one. Both are unique in their own way. I love the old fashion quirkiness of Schwarzkopf but then i also love the insane things Intamin rides do to your body... 19. Battle of Kings Coasters: Island or Dominion? Pick one. I enjoyed Dominion more when I went there back in 2001. 20. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2018? Stupid Full Throttle at SFMM...35 minutes. 21. What roller coaster have you ridden more than any other? Probably something at SFMM because I went there the most out of any park when I lived in California. Either Revolution (because it never had a wait and it's been there the longest) or Goliath because I remember one time I visited I rode it 10 times in a row because no one was at the park. 22. Best drop tower under 150 feet? Jumping off my roof into the swimming pool. 23. Maverick or Millennium Force? (If you haven't been to CP, pick what you want to ride more) Maverick if I want a quick neck sprain and Millennium Force if I want wind burn on my face (yes, I got that from when I went during the Halloween event and rode the front row in 33 degree weather) 24. Log flumes or sky rides? You can only choose one. Log Flumes every single time. I've ridden Splash Mountain when it's freezing outside! I will never ride a Skyride when it's freezing outside because you become more cold from being up in the air and open to the elements. 25. What are 3 things you enjoying doing at your home park other than riding rides? What's a home park? I live in freaking Tucson, Arizona! My home park is technically Castles N Coasters...I've only been there 3 times and once was enough! 26. What is your second favorite Cedar Fair park and why? Second favorite is Cedar Point. My favorite is Knott's Berry Farm because growing up in So Cal, I went there all the time and it has great memories! 27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit. How about you give me a reason to visit your park and even if it sounds crappy, i'll still visit there instead of my "home park" 28. Launch or Lift? Launch...light speed to Endor..... 29. Did you buy fast pass at all in 2018? I bought Disney's MAxPass for Disneyland Resort and it was well worth the money! 30. What is your least favorite wooden coaster? Mean Streak...pretty sure that coaster was the reason I pulled a back muscle the last day of the trip while lifting my suitcase to travel home. 31. Disney fanboys: cool or cult? They can be some really annoying mother effers 32. Best Batman themed ride? The Batman ride at Parque Warner in Madrid. 33. Name something that tend to take home from parks that you didn't bring with you. Souvenir Pennies. Every park I visit now with my boys, that is the souvenir we bring. Stuffed animals get disgusting and they lose interest over time, but the pennies last forever (or until I sell them on eBay!) 34. Best wooden coaster over 110 feet tall? (rcdb will help you) Voyage 35. Have you ever been hit with something (loose change/a tree/vomit/etc) while riding something? Water right in the eye while riding Ninja at SFMM and then the next day I had pink eye. Pretty sure it was more than just water...... 36. Skywarps: credits or no? State your case. If it's a credit, then every freaking carnival ride like that is a credit. The credit ho's can have them but I've stopped counting credits anyway. 37. Turkey legs: nah or yaaaaassssss? Depends on where. Carnivals or fairs...Hell no. A well established theme park....Hell yes! 38. What is the most recent B&M that you rode? Riddler's Revenger at SFMM 39. You can eat nothing but corn dogs, churros or funnel cake for the next 48 hours, which do you choose? Corn Dogs (especially the ones from the place at DCA....for some reason that has been our go-to place for dinner when there.) 40. Post a great on-ride shot of you from 2018. (DO IT!) I guess I was screaming too loud...the lady in front of me became deaf after this ride.... Not an on-ride photo but I still loved the Oogie Boogie photo-op. I kicked his @$$ right after this was taken... And then there was Zero....such a sweet and adorable little dog ghost
  15. We are visiting in a couple weeks on a Sunday and we can't wait to experience all the Halloween goodness. We are actually traveling without our kids this time so we finally get to experience Disneyland Resort and do all the stuff we want to...and not all the Fantasyland Ride stuff! I probably won't eat a solid meal because I'll be eating the yummy snacks and desserts throughout the entire day. YUM! Quick question...is a MaxPass worth it if you're going to be park hopping? Can you reserve a ride at DCA if you're in Disneyland but you know you'll be in DCA later that night? Jimmy "Great report and pictures as always" Bo
  16. I remember opening year of Desperado and that ride scared the crap out of me. I thought I was going to be thrown out of the restraints but also sucker punched by Mike Tyson with how that thing beat the crap out of you. I loved the Log Flume when the guns worked. When they didn't, it was a waste of money. I also did the Turbo Drop too so that was fun. I still think the best roller coaster ride ever in Vegas was Speed at Nascar Cafe. I'm still a little bummed that the ride closed and I think it's still wasting away in some abandoned lot. I also remember a simulator ride at Luxor where you went in an elevator first for a portion of the simulator while standing up, and then into an actual "Star Tours" type vehicle for the rest of it. I thought it was the coolest simulator at the time that I rode it which i think might have been the late 1990's. This will be an awesome thread! I have always loved Vegas and every time I go there, I find different things to do. I look forward to what this thread has coming.... Jimmy "Did you win the lotto" Bo
  17. Awesome stuff! This event has been on our bucket list for quite some time and whenever we go to Disney World with the kids (in probably 5 years) we will definitely go during this time of year so we can do this event. Hopefully my oldest son will be over his allergies and can eat candy by then but if not, more for me! The idea of Deep Space Mountain sounds INSANE and hopefully they bring that to other parks. Awesome pictures and costumes as usual. Jimmy "I'll get there one day" Bo
  18. This really looks great! I love the trains with the surfboard headrests! I'm a little worried about the queue going under all the mess of track because that probably means some type of net in case loose articles fall on the people below. I think that's a cool idea, but the more coasters do this it seems the more nets are placed up because things keep falling from the riders. The testing video really has me excited. I think it looks like the pacing of the ride looks great. I still love the color scheme. Jimmy "I can't wait to see the nighttime lighting package they previously mentioned" Bo
  19. This is amazing! Our boys loved Knott's last year and they keep asking to go back. I LOVE that they are bringing more characters throughout the park. That was the only thing that my boys didn't like when went went was that the characters were only in Camp Snoopy. I hope Knott's keep that around for the rest of the year and not just during special events. You just found out about the train penny crushing?!?!? When I was a kid, my sister and I did that every time we went to Knott's (and we actually did it at the train tracks near the beach by our house too). My boys weren't interested in it because it doesn't leave a design on it. My oldest still has his crushed penny book that he places pennies in whenever he can (and he got his Boomerang penny!). This is a great report and I agree with Chuck that Knott's is really stepping up their game. I like that they are really trying to get back into the family market where for awhile they were only caring about thrill rides. These family experiences are what should make these types of parks successful. Jimmy "Why do all of your food pictures make me want to climb into the computer and eat everything?!?!" Bo
  20. I noticed "Odyssey" states that it's in Silverwood. When you click the link it's for Odyssey it still says Silverwood but when you click on RCDB it's at Fantasy Island. So far I've been slowly adding my coasters ridden and then i'll eventually get to ranking them. I have a lot of coasters and I'm all for Elissa about having top 25 and bottom 25 or so and everything else in between is just the same. I haven't played with the ranking too much but i figured i'd let you know about Odyssey since I just saw it. Jimmy "I LOVE THIS POLL" Bo
  21. I just started filling out all my coasters ridden. I haven't ranked them all yet (because there are a lot of rides that I have ridden) but I should be able to complete that sometime this weekend. This is a great way to do polling and I like the drag and drop but it is very hard for me to do at the very beginning when I have SO many coasters ridden on the list. I keep finding myself having a coaster near the bottom and then have to move it all the way to the top. The only thing that may help me out (because I'm a nerd) is to have the rides ridden on the ranked page in alphabetical order when you first start. That way I know where they are. I know it's all a work in progress and I'm very excited to see where this takes off! Jimmy "Thank you for not including unnecessary, crap, kiddie coaster rides!" Bo
  22. Thanks for the report of the only "theme" park in my home state. I do wish that Arizona offered more thrills or decent theme parks but in the long run, I really don't care because we usually just travel to Los Angeles on the I-10 or San Diego on the I-8 to go to more decent parks. There's even another park in the same driving distance in Albuquerque (Cliff's) that has an amazing wooden coaster. Everyone says that Arizona needs a decent theme park in this state but for the majority of people that live here (freakin retired people and snow-birds in the winter) neither of those groups care about theme parks. I would truly love to see a new park but I've given up hope that it will actually happen and that opens up the fact that I can travel outside of this state to experience other theme parks. This report was great and thanks for sharing all the unique rides that this place has to offer. I also really enjoy the arcade that it has because there are A TON of pinball machines inside and I love playing pinball. Jimmy "My back is still broken from Desert Storm" Bo
  23. As a Marvel Nerd...I loved this report! As an engineer...I loved this report! As a roller coaster Nerd...I loved this report! As a steak lover...i loved this report! I mean...holy crap! This report had everything and I might need a new box of tissues! The detail in all the queue lines and on the rides was amazing. The behind the scenes look at how the Hulk Ride works...AMAZING! I'm such a nerd for that! The food at a super fancy restaurant IN A THEME PARK looked delicious. I'm very impressed at their kitchen too (and a little jealous at all the free things you guys got to taste). I'm glad you took time to write this report because it was well worth it. I think I may go back and watch every video you have from IMG Words of Adventure and pretend I'm there because I would really love to visit this place. Jimmy "this report was AMAZING!" Bo
  24. "Great Job Spears!" I love Disneyland during the Holiday season. Halloween and Christmas at Disneyland are always so awesome. It's great to see the many offerings that both parks are offering this year. I'm totally going to get a Tasting Passport if I ever make it out there! I'm starting to like how CarsLand is starting to decorate for the different holidays now. I don't remember them doing that in the past so it's fun to see what the "Cars" are up to. Jimmy "Great Job Spears!" Bo
  25. I had the joy of traveling to San Diego this Thanksgiving to my dad's house. In San Diego this year, there is the Global Winter Wonderland located at SDCCU Stadium (which used to be Qualcomm Stadium...or Jack Murphy stadium). It is a Christmas event/fair that is only open at night and it has several lighted displays for "Holidays Around the World" and carnival rides, games and food. I will be honest...this thing was kind of a let-down. The displays were cool and the rides were typical fair rides, but what really sucked was the price tag to enjoy this event. We looked online everywhere for discounted tickets but we didn't find any so my dad forked out a good price for all of us to go and we were only there for about 2 hours (because 1 1/2 hours was riding games/watching a show). If you are in San Diego and are looking for something to do...don't do this. There are several other Christmasy things to do around the area that aren't this expensive. That being said, the lighted displays were arranged in sort of themed areas but not really themed. Yeah, the displays were lighted and one section was related to Christmas (The North Pole Section, dun) but it feels like this could be set up anywhere at anytime of the year and maybe it is. My niece (who is 6) enjoyed the lighted displays...but she could have gone on all the rides the entire night and could care less about the displays. They try to get the kids interested by having a Scavenger Hunt on the back of the Map, but after we couldn't even find the first item in the North Pole, see decided not to waste our time. So enjoy the pictures of our Adventures through Global Winter Wonderland. And if anyone has been and has a completely different opinion of mine and loves this event...then I'm happy for you! Here we are...Global Winter Wonderland. Here's the map...in case you can't find your way in the blinding lights. Mr and Mrs Claus welcome you. (No....there is no real Santa which was a disappointment because it advertised meeting Santa) Mr Snowman named Olaph welcomes you... On our first adventure, we head to the North Pole. It's only 72 outside...at night...in San Diego...yeah, global warming isn't a thing at all. Mr creepy Elf is ready to take your tickets These creepy elves have beheaded a poor penguin and are ready to have a feast. And these crazy clowns/elves are making toys. I think I'd rather have toys from Halloween Town than what these guys are making... Look!! It's Esla's Castle! (yes...I spelled Esla, instead of Elsa...) Here's their Giant Christmas Tree. If you take a close look at the kids at the bottom of the photo...they decided to go on the other side of the rope, which you are clearly not supposed to do, then they proceeded to go 'inside' the tree where all the electrical equipment is. Parenting at it's finest! On our next adventure...we head to Europe where everyone knows that when you land a plane, you go directly over the hanger before the landing strip. I feel like I'm in Vegas and walking along the Strip. Where's Peter Pan? Dad decided to join in the marching band and play the drums. The leaning tower of Pizza. (yes, I spelled pizza!) The guy in front almost has crazier hair than the President of the US...almost... Moving down Europe we come to Paris. I still feel like I'm walking the Strip in Vegas. And now our next adventure, we travel to Pixie Hollow meets Legend of Zelda...seriously?!?!?! These are supposed to look like fairies but they also look like characters from Zelda. What do you call a group of fairies? A herd...or a Frollick...I guess they are like cattle in a way. On the next leg of our Adventure...we head to Americas, which was the most confusing collection. But thank god this house isn't the real thing in San Diego.... A collection of Americas? What?!?! This was also in Americas? I think someone got lazy and just placed some of these lighted sculptures wherever they wanted. Best Zodiac sign EVER!!! All others weren't worth taking a picture of. Pisces is either so excited, pissed off, constipated...it doesn't matter....it's still the best! After Americas confusing adventure, we head into the Wilds of Africa where we get eaten by a lion? a tiger? a leopard? a liger? who knows!?!?! Africa ended up being a maze. I'm not sure if that means the continent itself is confusing, or they had extra "bush" lights that they decided to make people confused on where to go. Ok...seriously....now the LUXOR!?!? Why is this Vegas Strip thing keep coming to my mind? And I'd like to mention that there was a Statue of Liberty too but I didn't take a picture of it. Nearing the end of our Adventure, we head over to Asia...where I guess this is supposed to be Mt Fugi Q Highlands? The little dragons out front are ready to great you...and then proceed to bite your head off. But at least we made it to a Temple! The Dragon was probably the most impressive display there. This thing was HUGE! And then there's the Great Wall of China complete with Birds and trees and a zip-line and alpine slide behind this display. On our way over to the last and most amazing Adventure of the night...we found a peacock all lit up. Our last Adventure...Dinosaur World!!! Dinosaur World was again...another maze. But it had dinosaur displays that actually moved. Way better than any Disney Animatronic ever made! Time to check out the sites from above. My niece and step-sister enjoying the views. As you can imagine...it had the standard fair rides scattered throughout the parking lot. But you can also see the area where all the light displays are located. Time for some hurling action! My niece is way more of a daredevil than my boys so I got to enjoy riding all the rides with her and my step-sister. Hurl and puke, hurl and puke, hurl and puuuuuke! To quote the famous Robb Alvey, "weeeeeeeeeee!!!" And for all those credit whores out there...yes they had "coasters" But absolutely no adults were allowed to ride Dragon Wagon! Swinging time baby! Another Carnie Maze...I was not crazy about this Monkey Business. Time for the Caterpillar Roller Coaster! Front row! My niece loved it so much, she had to ride in the back for her next ride. Let's check out the eats! You can eat Rudolph's Big Fat Sausage...yum? At the end of the night...it's time for sweets and treats! I see Camel Toe! That's not our Dino! But I prefer deep fried Oreos! Hell yes! Santa and his creepy elf friends say, "Thank you for visiting this over-priced attraction!"
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