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  1. Jurassic Quest!

    If you want to see some realistic looking dinosaurs....go watch the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies. 

    If you want to see some awesome looking animatronics that look like real dinosaurs that are roaming this planet.....go to Universal Studios and ride some of their rides.

    If you want to see some robots that move about 2 inches that closely resemble some type of dinosaur....then Jurassic Quest is right up your alley. 

    My boys have been enjoying the Camp Cretaceous show on Netflix so they were really excited that Jurassic Quest was coming to town so they could see some dinosaurs. There were a lot of animatronics, some bounce houses, some areas to "Dig for Dinos" and some "rides". It was a fun way to kill about an hour out of a day (and $35 per person!!!!!) so here's what we did.

    Enjoy the pictures!

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    We are ready for Trailer Park Dinosaurs!

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    This way to all the excitement!

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    At least they gave us a very detailed map of where everything was!

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    And here is the "Quest" part of Jurassic Quest! Find the clues, answer the clues, and get something at the end. Can you guess what it is? Read further down to find out....

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    "insert John Williams Jurassic Park theme"

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    Here's some Dinos!

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    And some more Dinos...

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    The boys were pretty excited to see "Bumpy" from Camp Cretaceous.

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    I think Jurassic Park may have taken some liberties on what the Velociraptor looked like. I wouldn't be terrified of these "birds"

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    Oh my god! A Griffinsaurus is being hatched!

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    Or it was just another egg from this weird looking nest.

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    It's a Jacksonsaurus Rex!

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    I would be terrified too if a dinosaur had red lights coming from its mouth!

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    Cool fact...these are real dinosaur fossils and such.

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    Another cool fact, this area had to be kept cool in order to preserve the artifacts.

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    And then we saw a real dinosaur! It was a baby triceratops. And of course when we went in to take a picture, it started eating Griffin's hair. This was a cute little experience.

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    Speaking of cute, look at that giant Allosaurus wanting to eat the baby Stegosaurus...that's so adorable! 

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    Moving outside, there were some larger dinosaurs on display. This Gigantosaurus was too loud for Griffin.

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    And this one had a tail gone rogue...it was swinging wildly in the wind!

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    Why are all the dinosaurs mouths open? Maybe that's how they really died...from swallowing things they weren't supposed to since their mouths were always open.

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    Check out this guys fur coat! I'm sure Cruella De Vil is jealous of the fur!

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    Best part of the whole experience (and the only reason it was sort of worth the money) were the awesomely themed bounce houses.

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    Can't go wrong with a dinosaur on the loose trying to eat you as you are sliding down a slide!

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    Some of these houses made me wish I was still a kid!

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    But then I see some bounce houses where you slide into a dinosaur's butt and I'm glad I am not a kid anymore.

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    Either way, the bounce houses were a hit and a great way to let loose some energy!

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    Racing slides? Yes please!

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    Continuing to stroll around, we came across some other, fierce looking Dinos. Spinosaurus anyone?

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    Finally found the Tyrannosaurus and his little baby Rex.

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    And when there's a Tyrannosaurus rex...there's almost always either a Triceratops or Stegosaurus fighting them.  I guess those guys just never got along.

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    And of course there's a Triceratops you can ride on.

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    Speaking of "rides", you can "ride" some dinosaurs. They move about 1 foot and shake. It's like a massage chair on top of a dinosaur robot.

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    But at least they have different ones you can "ride".

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    But the best ride was being able to go on these "walking" dinosaurs. Griffin was so excited that he got to ride Bumpy from Camp Cretaceous!

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    I don't think Bumpy was too thrilled....

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    There was also a place to dig for Dinos!

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    Time to check out some underwater dinosaurs. 

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    But first....the Megalodon mouth! This thing was HUGE!!

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    Actual Megalodon tooth. (Like how is says "Real Fossil" next to it......)

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    I personally think the mouth was more impressive than the animatronic. But my boys thought the thing was HUGE and "just a great white shark".

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    Hey Jeff Johnson...how's it going? (You thought I'd go a whole dinosaur report without that reference? Never!)

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    The boys finish the "Quest" and got their prize! It was ... drum roll please ...... a tattoo and/or a sticker. Wow....it was totally worth it.

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    So if Jurassic Quest ever comes to your city and you just so happen to have an extra $35 per person to spend on about an hours worth of time....maybe spend it on this attraction.

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    That's all folks!

    Thanks for reading.

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  2. Part 3 - Disneyland Resort Area

    If you've made it this far, then Hello! This next part of the report will focus on the Resorts and Downtown Disney section. We were there during changes from Halloween to Christmas so it was kind of entertaining seeing pumpkins along Downtown Disney one day and then Christmas trees the next. It seems like by the time we left, everything was ready for the Holiday season.

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    We stayed at the Paradise Pier Hotel. While it wasn't our first choice, it was still a fun experience to stay "on property" at a Disney Resort. The cast members really are the best and they made sure we had a great time.

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    Our first day there, we were greeted by Surfer Goofy. 

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    Then overnight, Goofy left and went to catch some waves and never returned, so they placed a Christmas tree in the main lobby.

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    The only unfortunate thing about Paradise Pier is that they didn't offer any food service. We knew this going in so we brought our own breakfast but it was still a bit of a bummer to not be able to eat at the hotel.

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    The standard store inside the hotel offered everything a Disney nerd could imagine.

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    And while Cassie and I geeked out over Disney merchandise, the boys found a table and started coloring.

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    But then we lost them while we were still shopping but realized they went to watch the best Mickey cartoons on the planet in this little room.

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    We weren't even at the parks yet and Griffin wanted to relax on the large chairs.

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    The "standard" view from our room wasn't bad. We got to see the pool and people going down the water slide.

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    Looks like baby Yoda is ready to check out Downtown Disney District.

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    Plenty of photo ops throughout Downtown Disney.

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    Everywhere there is holiday magic in Downtown Disney.

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    And being the Star Wars nerds that we are, we had to check out the former Rainforest Cafe...

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    They had some great merchandise throughout the store.

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    Also, plenty of photo ops outside the store as well.

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    And if you know anything about our family...you know that we LOVE LEGO. We regularly submit our LEGO creations to be displayed in our local LEGO store every month. We love LEGO and the boys were excited to check out the 2nd largest LEGO store in the US.

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    They had some really impressive builds out front and inside.019.thumb.jpeg.cb75f614804096e521f6d4f4a15d8d4f.jpeg

    So many things to choose from! What should we get?!?!?!?

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    The LEGO Mario interactive sets are a hit in this family. Sadly, I think we have nearly every set and it's still set up in Jackson's room for them to play with every day.

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    That is an impressive LEGO wall. They still didn't have roller coaster pieces which is s bummer because I've been making my own LEGO roller coasters but the pieces are so hard to find. 

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    Darth Vader was making sure that every one was staying in line and not stealing anything.

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    Another impressive large build on the inside.

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    Griffin was so excited to see the Millennium Falcon!

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    Pumpkins one day....

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    ...trees the next day. It was really weird seeing both holidays at Downtown Disney.

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    One of our favorite things we get as a souvenir from any theme park are pressed pennies. By the time we ended this trip, we were able to collect every Disney pressed penny onsite from this visit and our last visit. Way better than stuffed animals that deteriorate over time.

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    Time to head over to the Grand Californian to see what they have for the holidays.

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    It's a must to sit by the fire at this hotel.

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    The Gingerbread house in the lobby was impressive. As soon as we walked in the lobby, it smelled like cookies and gingerbread...it was great.

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    If you want to make your own giant gingerbread house, here are the instructions! Good Luck! I'll stick with graham crackers and icing.

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    Making our way to the end of Downtown Disney, we were able to relax by the fountain. This was just a nice calming area away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks and all the restaurants at Downtown Disney.

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    We had to make sure we stopped by there every day.

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    This place was insane! So many people looking for every holiday thing they could grab! Maybe stick with online shopping!

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    Now it's time for us to head to the Disneyland Hotel and have dinner with a certain dog...036.thumb.jpeg.ff34c9398b907fc69896c3d9c5815ab0.jpeg

    Griffin was practicing his driving while we waited to be seated. It didn't help any as he still was horrible on the Autopia.

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    Goofy's Kitchen! Time to fill our stomachs here so we don't pay for food at the parks (yeah...that didn't work out...)

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    Every character we get to see has a job in the kitchen. Pluto has the hardest job...anyone know what it is?

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    The food was delicious. We were a little bummed on the allergy friendly options. When we booked it, we were told that we could order certain items from a menu and that they would deliver it to us. That did not happen so Jackson just ate chicken tenders and grapes.

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    The characters walked around every so often and we all got to get up and dance. they didn't stop and hug anyone for pictures but it was still nice to see them walk around.

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    We got to see Dale (and Chip too at a later time)...

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    We got to see Minnie. And she was so excited to see us too!

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    And we got to see Pluto. Next one was only Goofy himself.

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    Here's Goofy....oh wait...that's not the real Goofy, that's just a silly person dressed as Goofy.

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    There's Goofy! In all his awesomeness!

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    And he even got our waiter to dance with him!

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    Goofy's Kitchen was a great experience. We recommend any character dining that you can get, get the reservation. Our boys never had a character dining experience before, so they thought this was how it was supposed to be and they were so excited to see all the characters up close.

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    Goofy's Kitchen was GREAT!

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    One more tree at the Disney's Downtown District that we had to see before our vacation was over.

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    Our boys had a blast and had a great vacation.

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    Thanks for reading about our family's adventures through Disneyland Resort during the Holiday season.

    This entire report was brought to you by...

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    Pressed Pennies! This is every pressed penny we have collected at the Disneyland Resort area from our multiple trips we have done. We are safe to say that we collected them all!

     

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  3. Part 2 - Disney's California Adventure

    This park was the surprise hit of this vacation. My boys (and wife) enjoyed this park more than Disneyland. Avengers Campus is such a great upgrade at the park. My boys got to experience Bug's Land on our last visit when they were younger, but now that they are a little older (and love MARVEL) Avenger's Campus was the best land in the park. Even though they only rode Spider-Man, the whole atmosphere and shows and meeting characters is what they really loved. This park keeps getting better and better after every visit I have.

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    Time to eat our way around Disney's California Adventure! And also ride some rides and see some shows.

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    Hiya Walt...thanks for creating Mickey Mouse and coming to California. I'm sure your adventure was a lot different than the adventure we are about to have today.

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    We lost Griffin and Baby Yoda decided to join us at the park today.

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    First stop is always Cars Land. Fun Fact - Jackson's favorite movie for the longest time was Cars. He loved Lightning McQueen and everything about Cars. Now that he's older he's thankfully said that is not his favorite movie anymore but he still really enjoys Cars.

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    Tractor pull time!

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    Santa Mater came out to say hello and crack some pretty awful jokes.

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    Watch out! The tractor is going to run you over!

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    We shoved the kids on the Cars ride. They loved it! We only got to ride it once while we were there but that was the highlight of Cars Land.

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    Actually, the highlight of Cars Land was food...and specifically Churros!

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    Nothing can go wrong with early morning snack time. We will be snacking all day so why not start off with some delicious Churros from the Cozy Cones!

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    Buzz even thinks that our Churro choice was the right one. He is busy chilling in the Cozy Cone office.

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    On our way over to the boy's favorite ride in the entire park, we meet Dopey. 

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    And Oswald the Lucky Rabbit! My boys kept asking me who he was and then when we got home I showed them some cartoons of his. They think Mickey is better but I still think Oswald needs more love! Bring back EPIC MICKEY to the Nintendo Switch!!!

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    Soarin......all I can say is that this is my kid's (and my wife's) favorite ride in the park. Me....I hate it. I don't know why people love this ride. You get on a "Hang-glider" and see every part of the contraption you are about to get on, you see the giant movie screen in front of you and then you "fly". I just feel that the Imagineers could have done a better job at hiding the screen, hiding the parts to the hang-glider, etc. To me it just feels like going to a movie. My boys loved it so we rode it about 8 times and I got a power nap each time we rode. I might be in the minority, but I typically do not ride Soarin whenever I'm in the park.

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    We met up with some friends and decided to tackle the Bear Mountain the ride GRRR!!!!

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    Yeah....we got wet. I sat on the side and of course in the first rapids section a giant wave crashed into the boat and soaked my entire left side and my butt. The rest of the day with a wet butt was really fun.

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    The kids even got soaked and were shivering as we got off the ride. Good choice guys!

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    The Redwood Creek section had a fun Holiday makeover. The attractions inside were all themed to the holidays.

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    They had a fun seek-and-find challenge where you had to find all the presents, write down the letters on the presents on the paper, and then solve the riddle. When you solve it, you get a prize (a Walt Disney Trading Card)

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    I still don't know why these slides have a turn in them. I saw several kids hit the side and almost fall over the edge. Such a weird design.

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    My boys love climbing EVERYTHING so of course we had to do this 100 times.

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    They felt like real rock climbers.

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    Their rock climbing form is incredible!

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    One of the attractions themed to the Holidays. Griffin just saw a kid nearly fall off the zip-line, hence the look of fear in his eyes!

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    But he still did it and was going at super speed!

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    We saw Dale just chillin by the rapids ride. We love these lovable rodents!

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    Crazy water fall face! The walk around the other side of the rapids ride was a nice walk to get away from the crazy crowded area near GRRR! 

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    Without our boys even seeing what Goofy's Sky School was, we walked them right on the ride and shoved them in the cars. They sort of liked it but they felt like Goofy was a horrible teacher and didn't really know how to fly and that's why the cars were going too fast.

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    My first snack of the day. Rather tasty! The Beef Wellington Mickey.

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    Time to make our way to Pixar Pier. The boys have not been to this section since they re-themed everything to Pixar and they loved it!

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    We met with some other friends and had a blast showing all our emotions.

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    This emotion was seen a lot on our vacation...FEAR. But we got over it...sometimes...

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    We even saw some Pixar characters that you don't normally see around the parks.

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    But now it was time for an attraction, a shooting game, high score wins, going against parents which equals the BEST RIDE EVER!!!

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    Jackson was a champ at this ride too...just like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

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    His scores were insane throughout the entire trip!

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    We decided to let them play all the Pixar Games along the boardwalk. You basically pay for these little dolls.

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    Super serious in determining which star they wanted.

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    Even though this is from La Luna...they think it's the Luma's that follow Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy.

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    Fun fact - Heimlich's Chew Chew Train at the no closed Bug's Land was Jackson and Griffin's favorite ride at the park on our last visit. They knew he loved Candy Corn so they were so excited to help this caterpillar become even more obese.

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    Now it's time for a horse race...without all the betting and whipping of horses.

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    Griffin won Bullseye!

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    This was a nice re-theme. The different animals and characters were fun to see.

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    Time for the best treat of the day...yellow colored ice cream. Why is it yellow? Well, who knows...

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    Pixar Pier sure was fun...but it's time to head to the best part of Disney's California Adventure...

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    ...MORE FOOD!!!! Just kidding. But this thanksgiving stuffing Mac and cheese was quite delicious!

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    We saw Nick Wilde and my boys were actually quite bummed they couldn't buy a pawpsicle from him.

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    We randomly ran into the character cavalcade. It was fun seeing all these different characters that you don't normally see.

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    Best picture of Chip and Dale EVER!!!!! We might frame this and send to Elissa .... hahaha ....

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    Mr Incredible has got some serious thighs....I think he needs to stop eating all the snacks around Disney's California Adventure.

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    Oh...hi Jessie...why are you staring at us? We just wanted a picture.

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    This is the best sourdough you can ever get. It was a pull-apart Christmas Tree. It was so good!

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    Time for some Holiday stuff. They had stations around where you could do arts and crafts of the different Holiday Celebrations.

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    We decided to decorate a Mickey Ornament and write a letter to Santa.

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    Yes ladies and Gentlemen...it is still here. And Jackson loved the interactive activities here. Too bad Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet destroyed the "Ursula's Grotto" portion of the workshop, but we still had fun.

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    It really feels like you are in a magicians workshop.

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    We drew our own piece of animation. It was pretty neat seeing something you drew come to life.

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    The boys had to try every bit of animation possible.

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    We made it to Beast's Library. Seems like he is happy right now.

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    But then Griffin sat in his chair ... and then ....

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    The entire room changed. Griffin was so convinced that he did this that he didn't want to sit in the chair again. So magical.

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    Fun fact - the boys found out which character they were most like and of course, they each got their favorite characters. That's pretty impressive (and scary) Disney!

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    We are ready to tackle Avenger's Campus. But first, we had to meet our 2nd favorite version of Captain America.

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    I honestly have no idea what this is but the boys knew who they were and started calling them by their "other" names. I guess it's a fun show on Disney+.

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    We ran into the Guardians of the Galaxy dance-off while on our way to Avenger's Campus. The boys loved how much the characters interacted with them.

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    But now it's time for Avengers Campus!

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    And the first thing you are supposed to do there is eat a pretzel bigger than your face!

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    This sure was a fun slide. Who knew there was a playground at Avengers Campus...

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    We got to meet a ton of characters!

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    Fun fact - Ant-Man was the first Marvel movie my boys watched. He was their favorite Super Hero until....069.thumb.jpeg.efb43cf7b16122c305be5c4d66f660d9.jpeg

    ....Sider-Man. Now we need to see what Spider-Man can do.

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    HOLY CRAP! He just flew through the air!!!

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    This reaction to Spider-Man flying through the air is priceless. Way to go Disney Imagineers! My boys truly believed that Spider-Man was flying.

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    After his show, the boys met their favorite Super Hero.

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    Now it's time to check out what Peter Parker is up to.

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    I called Tom Holland and told him he needed to stay Spider-man forever.

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    Time to help Spider-man destroy the Spider-bots.

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    We are ready for some web slinging action.

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    After our 6th time riding it, we finally figured it out and which spiders to hit and how to get a high score. We got 7th highest of the hour! My boys were so excited!

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    Spider-man congratulated us as we walked out. Thanks Spider-man!

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    Now it's time to check out Doctor Strange! He just appeared out of no where!

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    My boys were taking this seriously. We had to summon an Avenger.

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    And then Thor appeared. He was great. He thought he was part of the audience and sat right next to the people in the front. Then when Doctor Strange told him to go to Pym's Kitchen, he actually just walked off and went to Pym's. It was great and shows how much these characters are a part of this whole Avenger's Campus experience.

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    Captain America was keeping an eye on Loki when we left Doctor Strange.

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    We were there for a demonstration from the lady's with vibranium spears.

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    The Dora Milaje were very impressive.

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    Their skill with the spears was pretty insane!

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    Night is starting to fall upon us so that only means one thing....

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    ...time to take off in the Quinn-Jet and fly to Radiator Springs for some awesome sights.

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    Some awesome sights of food that is!!! No seriously, some awesome sights of ....

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    ....Radiator Springs! Nighttime is the best time to visit.

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    A salute to all nations...but mostly Radiator Springs.

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    Time for a paint job.

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    Luigi's was a fun ride and all the songs were themed around the holidays.

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    You get to ride in these cute little "cousins" of Luigi. They all look like Guido.

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    Griffin and I are not too sure was is about to happen.

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    Time for some more food....actually I think my stomach is pretty full from the day...

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    ....so let's go eat some more!

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    Cherry Chocolate Churro! Okay, thanks!

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    Cars Land was great! Nighttime is the best.

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    And we got to say Good-Bye to Lightning McQueen.

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    On our way out, we saw Santa flying over Buena Vista Street!

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    We had to say goodbye to the characters one last time.

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    Good night Disney's California Adventure Park. Thanks for such a magical experience.

    This part of the report was brought to you by .... 

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    The remaining portion of the sourdough pull apart Christmas Tree. Enjoy!

    Part 3 will be posted shortly.

     

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  4. The Holidays are nearly upon us...even if some people still want to celebrate 365 days a year for Halloween (me included). This trip was nearly 2 years in the making as we had planned to go last September...in 2020...and we all know what kind of year that turned out to be. We planned on booking everything in March 2020. Thankfully we didn't tell the boys last year because that would have crushed their dreams. So, when Disneyland Resort finally decided to open back up, we carefully looked at our calendars and we were off on booking everything and we decided to celebrate the Holidays at the park...even if it was going to be a bit early in the season. 

    The last time we went to the Resort as a family, my oldest (Jackson) was 4 and was still too short to ride some of the bigger stuff and my youngest (Griffin) was 1 and was barely walking. Now, they were older, taller, and ready to conquer everything they wanted to conquer. Key word being "THEY" and not what Mom and Dad wanted. We all had a blast and we are excited to share the trip with you all.

    This report will be broken up into different parts...

    Part 1 - Disneyland

    Part 2 - Disney's California Adventure

    Part 3 - Disneyland Resort Area

    I hope you enjoy!

    Part 1 - Disneyland

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    Every day when you stay at the Disneyland Resort Hotel needs to start with Disney Junior!

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    Christmas Card Photo! Now I don't need to send it to any of you through snail mail so I can save on postage. Thanks!

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    The tree on Main Street was up and rather large! The detail on all the ornaments is amazing!

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    Look! I can see the castle from here! Just past all the hanging garlands, people walking, trees growing, and a giant statue that's nearly as tall as it, but hey! It's there!!!

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    Keeping up with celebrating Halloween 365 days a year, they had a nice tribute to the Muppets Haunted Mansion in the Opera House.

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    They had some neat set pieces from the movie that is currently on Disney+. If you haven't seen it, you should watch it...it is Classic Muppets!

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    Of course all my boys wanted to do was watch it all day in the Opera House.

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    Taking a further stroll down Main Street, since we were in Disneyland on Mickey's birthday, we decided to watch some of his classic movies in the Theater!

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    There are Holiday things in all the shops and in all the windows along Main Street. This one is for all the rodent lovers out there!

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    Oh hey! Check it out! Mickey's Birthday Celebration Parade!

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    The Main Mouse himself. He's freakin old!!!! But not Jeff Johnson old...

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    All the characters came out to celebrate with Mickey. As they should...he pays their bills....

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    We chatted with Anna for ac couple minutes while their bus stopped by us. She was great!

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    Here's a question for anyone....when is Minnie Mouse's birthday? We always celebrate Mickey...what about his better half?

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    The parade was fun and a nice surprise at the park because they didn't advertise it was happening. We just kind of stumbled upon it.

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    Our little Baby Yoda is using the force to get the sword out of the stone........sadly....the face was not strong with that one.

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    And that's how close we got to the teacups. Which is a good thing because they probably couldn't handle how fast I would spin it!

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    Alice in Wonderland Selfie! We went on this ride ONLY 5 times. My boys loved it and I really enjoyed how they changed it up from the original with all the projections now.

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    Mr. Toad 4 years ago and now. Pretty close and Jackson is still a crazy driver!

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    After Mr. Toad, they wanted to drive real cars. So Autopia, here we come!

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    And I think Griffin hit nearly every side of the center rail that he could. I might sue him later for whiplash!

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    First of many pictures within this entire report of FOOD! This was some pink cherry coconut churro nastiness. Cassie loves coconut, I hate it, but she loved this treat.

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    And while we were still in Tomorrowland, the band decided to make the most out of the unused space. Again, that was a surprise and some nice atmosphere in this section of the park.

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    Now it's time to kill Emperor Zurg....I mean detain him...

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    Disneyland ride? Check. Blaster you can shoot? Check. See who gets the highest score? Check. This ride is like a vide game = best ride in the park forJackson. We only rode it about 6 times.

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    He got really good by the end of our vacation. The kid is insane in video games.

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    Fun fact...my boys love the video of Robb on the Matterhorn where he says, "Monster please...thank you...." that they wanted to reenact it. When the time came, they totally forgot to do it but they still said "Hey Harold!" every time we went by the Abominable Snowman.

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    It seems that Griffin just crashes every car he decides to get in. I guess we need to work on that for the next 10 years before he gets his license.

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    We told the boys that we would lock them in jail all day unless they rode Gadget's Go Coaster with us....think it worked?

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    Well it did. We made it on Gadget and I don't think anyone is as excited as me on this ride. Well, maybe the girl in the back is excited too.

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    Mickey did a quick change from his birthday outfit into his holiday outfit. Nice touch!

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    And his trusty companion was there too. I honestly preferred these "walk up and take a picture, no waiting in line, no photo pass pay for picture" character encounters. I may be in the minority, but my boys didn't know any different so they thought this was normal.

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    Time to head off the planet and into another Galaxy Far Far Away....

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    Griffin's favorite color is green...this is now Griffin's favorite droid.

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    The Supreme Leader converted my boys to the First Order. They were so serious about it that when we did the Disney PLAY App Star Wars DataPad, we had to do everything for the First Order.

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    Yea re some Star Wars nerds in this family. So the fact that we got to go in the Millennium Falcon was so cool for everyone.

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    Engineer (literally :) ) and the gunner are ready for lift off. We only crashed about 6 times from the pretty horrible pilots we had. Luckily, we went on again and the pilots knew what they were doing and we got a much smoother ride.

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    We were fortunate enough to get on Rise of the Resistance both days we were at the park. This ride is seriously so insane. I don't think my boys could comprehend everything that was going on because there is so much to experience.

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    But they were legit convinced that we were captured by the First Order and that we had to escape.

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    Snack time after Rise of the Resistance and talking about our favorite parts. Griffin still couldn't believe that we were captured.

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    And all I got from Star Wars Land was a Diet Coke Bomb.

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    We walked around and did some Datapad jobs and hacks that were on the Disney PLAY App. It was really enjoyable and we got to make droids move, speeders make noise and the X-Wing even had smoke coming out of it. It was a great experience and very immersive.

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    We even listened in on conversations between the First Order and the Resistance. It was insane!

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    I can't tell if Griffin is shocked that it's taking Jackson this long to finish his Popsicle or if he is excited to hack some more droids.

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    We got to chat with Rey for awhile. She was great and stayed in character through all the boy's questions.

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    Leaving Batuu, we said good-bye to our fellow First Order Stormtroopers! We shall see you again!

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    Our one and only ride on Splash Mountain. Can you guess which boy enjoyed it the most?

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    And we got completely drenched. Literally a wall of water came over the front and side of the boat. Fun times walking around with a wet butt the rest of the day.

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    On our way to experience the best Haunted Mansion ever, we saw the best Halloween characters ever! Jack and Sally!

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    Ready to ride in our Doom Buggies. Little did you know, I requested the Club 33 buggie and got it! (joking)

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    The Gingerbread House this year was AMAZING! 

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    Seriously, they should celebrate Halloween 365 days a year and keep this layover at Disneyland. 

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    The boys really did love the haunted Mansion Holiday and we rode it 5 times.

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    Time for more deliciousness food courtesy of the Tropical Hideaway! This is a great addition to the park since our last visit.

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    Mango-Raspberry Dole Whip for the WIN!!!! It might be better than the original. I may get some haters for that, but don't knock it until you try it!

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    The only ride in the park that always has the shortest line and doesn't get in trouble for child labor laws...the Canoes!

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    We made it over to Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer's Island. When we came last, this area was closed because they were building Star Wars Land so the River was empty.

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    Oh man, my boys had a blast exploring this island.

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    And I guess I could say that I had a blast too....

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    Child Labor laws...nothing to see here

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    Griffin said that it actually smelled like dead people. How he knows what dead people smell like is beyond me but we definitely will be having a talk about that at some point.

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    We found the Treasure! And Griffin was still trying to use the force (this time literal force) to pull the sword out.

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    Hey Captain Red...how's it going? We didn't steal any treasure from Pirate's Lair...I swear.060.thumb.jpeg.2022ef4d4c7235497c3978abe9731eb7.jpeg

    Time for the Holiday Parade. Fun fact ... as a kid, I grew up in Southern California and went to Disneyland every year during Christmas time with my family. The holiday parade is one thing I remember vividly as a kid and these freakin toy soldiers used to scare the crap out of me because they were so loud. Thank goodness they don't have the soldier with the cymbals.

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    Mrs. Claus leading the way...

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    Hey Mickey! Happy Birthday!

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    Hey Minnie! Happy Birthday!

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    These fat little snow people were so cute and their bellies would bounce around as they were walking...so funny.

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    I wonder why these two are here...it's not like it's a holiday with snow or anything...

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    Hi Elsa! Thanks for making it freezing today!

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    Where's Horace Horsecollar? Clarabelle needs her other half to come on these parades!

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    Fun fact - You cannot eat these Gingerbread men.

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    The dogs made a gingerbread doghouse! How cute!

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    Now it's time for the obligatory "Princess section of the parade". Sometimes I wish that the princesses were spread out more and not on just one float or one section of a parade. They deserve better.

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    Either way, they all are still very beautiful and magical.

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    My favorite princess!

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    Jessie was telling the toy solider to drive carefully because he almost literally ran her over. Good thinking Jessie!

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    To quote one of my favorite Christmas movies, "Yippee-Ki-Yay, Mother ...." oh wait, this is a family friendly theme park. Hi Woody!

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    Why is Buzz's float always higher than Woody's? Anyone know the answer? 

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    These reindeers were also in the parades I remembered as a kid. So many good feels about it.

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    And then there's the man responsible for us not celebrating Halloween 365 days a year...totally joking people. Here's SANTA!!!!

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    After parade snack and nothing would be better than a Mickey Ice Cream Bar!

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    Hey look, now we can see the castle! And a kid took our picture!

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    Inside the castle, we got to enjoy the Sleeping Beauty story. The boys loved the scenes that were created within the castle. It may not be a big castle, but they thought it was cool walking "inside" of it. 

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    Full Moon over the Matterhorn means good luck...good luck to everyone playing basketball at the top of the Matterhorn.

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    And when the sun goes down, that means nighttime, glowing, bubbling, insanely priced toys that break after one night. Great marketing Disney!

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    But even though the castle is not that big, it still is pretty at night for the holiday's for what it has.

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    Very pretty.

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    This was our Small World Experience. If you don't know what happened, then google "what happens when you mix water with electricity inside a building" and the first thing that pops up is a story about Small World.

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    A look back down Main Street at night.

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    One more look back at the castle.

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    Time to leave Disneyland and head back to our hotel for some fireworks viewing. 

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    The Paradise Pier Hotel offered fireworks viewing and had the music piped in so we can literally just go straight to our room after fireworks. It was nice and we didn't have to deal with the Main Street crowd and insanity.

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    They were a little far away, but it was still nice to see.

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    And this was the first time our boys have seen a fireworks show live, their eyes were so wide and they were just in awe of everything.

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    The fireworks weren't anything to write home about and to me, the show felt short, but it was still great to see fireworks.

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    With the music piped in, it really felt like a magical way to end the day .... until .....

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    Griffin busted out his nighttime, glowing, bubbling, insanely priced toys that break after one night machine (that none of us knew he brought) and pretended he was creating snow for everyone that was watching. It really was a magical way to end the first part of our vacation.

    This part of the Photo Trip Report was brought to you by ....

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    The Disneyland cats. Because if they weren't there, then who knows how many rodents (other than Chip and Dale) would be roaming freely throughout the park.

    Part 2 will be posted shortly.

     

     

     

     

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  5. 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!

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  6. 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.

     

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  7. 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).

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    Driving around in Texas and I see something peeking out over the quarry wall. What can it be?

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    Oh, it must be a Six Flags park right here in the great state of Texas!

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    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.

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    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?

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    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!

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    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.

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    Time for some good Dog chasing Bird type rides. 

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    The airtime on this ride is nuts! And it's a family coaster? Well done Six Flags!

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    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?

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    Wait...there's theming? Wow! I can't wait to ride this thing!

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    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.

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    Iron Rattler sure has one hell of a first drop! I love how it utilizes the Quarry Wall all around the ride.

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    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!

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    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.

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    This ride was supposedly new for this year...unfortunately it was closed for the season when i went.

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    I'd like to see this car and the Snake Wrangler car race. My money is on this guy to win!

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    Looking back at some of the Western area of the park's theming.

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    If you ever make it to Six Flags Fiesta Texas...this picture is a must! Such a great area of the park!

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    Oh and look....theming! ROCKS!!!!

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    And not just any rock...it's a CLIFF ROCK!!! You're welcome for learning some history here on Theme Park Review.

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    They had a mini Bellagio show going on. 

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    H....2.....Ho? ..... Oh, i see what they did there....now that is clever marketing. Nice touch!

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    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.

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    Well this looks like fun! Who thinks they can touch the Quarry Wall?

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    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.

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    New for this year....The Joker eats you and he ends uppitiest with pink eye.

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    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.

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    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.

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    And speaking of defeated DC villains...it's time to get punched by Superman!

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    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.

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    NEVER SEEN BEFORE!!! THE BACKSIDE OF SUPERMAN!!!!!

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    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!)

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    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.

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    Hey look...a kiddie coaster for the win! Sad and Pathetic Coaster Count going up!

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    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.

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    My $32 lunch...and that price is not an exaggeration.

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    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.

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    Time to head down the street and check out more "City Block" theming.

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    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?

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    Oooo! Controlly thingys that make Super Hero know more than normal people!

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    Hi Jarvis! Oh wait...wrong guy....

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    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?

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    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.

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    But the Batman Hustler Entrance??? What is Bruce Wayne doing for his real job now?

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    One second after this phot was taken, someone lost their cell phone. Seriously people...this thing was spinning out of control!

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    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!

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    Looking back after getting off Batman....the Joker was having his last laugh at me.

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    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.

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    Hi Gal!

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    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.

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    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.....

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    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!

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    Time to head on down an empty street in Texas the SCREAM!

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    These rides are fun. And with this one launching up and then launching down...it's well worth the 2 minute wait I had.

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    Another fun fact...next to SCREAM! was another couple kiddie rides for the younger folks.

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    In case the little ones didn't like super tall drop rides, they had a couple options right next to SCREAM!

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    Time to head to Ocean front property where there will be great views of the beach and waves....

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    ...Or just more rides on a fake Boardwalk. But what is that I see in the distance? It's not Scooby Doo?!?!?!?!

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    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?

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    First off, this high quality realistic Pirate tells you a tale of treachery, debauchery, and scandal (and no...not the election)

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    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?

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    Next is some sort of Haunted Mansion stretching room where the pictures change.

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    And you're off...getting blasted by cannons....

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    ...and sneaking up on Pirates having sex (and you thought I was kidding!)

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    It really was a fun ride and very different from the Scooby Doo ride that was there when iI was here in 2007.

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    Continuing down the Boardwalk, it's time to meet Tony Hawk....or someone who isn't Tony Hawk but still a skateboarder.

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    Pandemonium (previously Tony Hawk's Big Spin, previously Joker's Revenge, previously a Quarry Wall)

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    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.

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    Time to take a shot of Fireball Whiskey!

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    Heading back from the Boardwalk, the Joker is still laughing at me almost getting nauseous on Batman. Let it go man!

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    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?

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    It really is a mess of track. 

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    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)

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    In this wonderful German town is none other than the GRAND Carousel. It's not Big...it's GRAND!

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    Also, why not get the kids into Beer Steins but cleverly say it's a Kinderstein. Start drinking at a young age.

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    This is a fnun little water ride. And I got absolutely SOAKED on it!

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    Little did I know, that this Dragon was going to be the culprit in my soaking.

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    Yay...it's a fun little water ride. Not a big drop, not that much water...but....

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    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!

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    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!

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    Time to leave this beautifully themed area and head to the best themed area and ride in the entire park.....

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    ...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!

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    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!

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    Although not a parking lot coaster...it's still great to watch from the parking lot.

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    Remember people...when you visit Six Flags DoTheSix!!!!!!!

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    Thanks for reading!

     

     

     

     

     

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  8. 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

  9. ^^ 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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

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    The entrance to the Castle Hotel is very Grand...but it has also been taken over by spiders!

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    Our boys were very excited and surprised because they had no idea we were coming here.

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    Excited faces!!!

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    The Lobby was amazing! While the parents check in, there were so many things for the kids to do.

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    There was a slide in the lobby which made Griffin the happiest kid in the world.

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    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.

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    Griffin is excited to explore more of the lobby!

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    There's a Knock-Knock Door, which tells jokes and stories when you "knock" on it.

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    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!

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    And not to mention a giant pit full of LEGOs where you can build anything and everything!

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    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.

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    While of course Griffin was in Gryffindor.

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    They even had the full Hogwarts LEGO Castle on Display! (only $399.99)

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    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.

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    Time for the Playground!!

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    Great area for kids to run around in.

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    My boys especially love the "Ninja Course" on the playground.

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    The playground had everything for every age.

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    Time to test our Ninja skills!

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    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!

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    Balancing is a difficult task when your big brother is trying to pass you.

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    But it had everything for kids to play on!

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    Plus, there was a theater right next to the playground where they showed LEGO shows.

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    The directors made sure that the correct show was playing.

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    And it wouldn't be complete unless they had characters. Here's the Queen of the Castle.

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    Time to check out the room!!!!!

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    As soon as you walk in, you know this is going to be an epic room!

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    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!

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    The wall paper everywhere had something to look at.

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    Here's the kids Bunk Bed! (And their own "room")

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    And there is even a projection on the ceiling that shows a starry night with an occasional shooting star.

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    Here's the adult bed (King Size)

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    With our very own stained glass window!

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    There are LEGO figures throughout the room. This Dragon watches over us while we sleep (not creepy at all...)

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    This mouse is holding up a book. And what is that giant LEGO Head you ask? That's the Ice bucket. So AWESOME!

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    There is always something to look at on the walls.

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    There are even questions on some of the wall paper where you have to find things within your room!

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    Jackson thought this was awesome because it was a great way to find everything in the room.

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    Griffin thought he could sleep in the giant bed....

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    ...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.

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    Jackson even did some of the LEGO sets that were in the treasure safe!

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    Time to check out the restaurant. At the Castle Hotel, it was the Dragons Den...and complete with LEGO figures everywhere.

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    While you waited for a table, there were thing for the kids to do. They could make pictures with LEGOs

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    They could see how skinny they are before they eat and then how fat they are after they eat in the crazy mirrors.

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    Take a spin on the spinning wheel and do whatever it says!

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    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.

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    The boys found Dragon eggs while we waited for our dinner.

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    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.

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    So of course Griffin got the real pancakes and ate them up.

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    There are little LEGO figures all throughout the restaurant. It really gave you something to look at everywhere you looked.

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    Griffin wanted to lock himself in jail one more time while we walked around at night.

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    Here's the inside of jail.

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    You can also push the button to make the wizard talk and then everything above him starts to move.

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    Another outside shot of the hotel

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    Again...this place is AWESOME!

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    Time to say farewell to the Knights, Kings and Queens at the Hotel.

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    At night, lights make the Hotel even more spooky with the spider webs.

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    And thus concludes the trip. Everything at the Legoland Resort was AWESOME!

  12. Legoland Part II

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    Time to ... you guessed it ... Build a Boat!

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    Kids can build a boat out of LEGOs and race it down the river

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    You pull the lever to release the boat and watch it either make it to the end or crash down the river.

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    Here's a good look at the river.

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    Griffin's didn't make it most of the time but he still had a fun time building them.

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    SPACESHIP!

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    Benny is our favorite LEGO Character

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    They had scenes from the LEGO Movie 2

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    The scenes were very impressive to see how they are constructed.

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    Then we got to see Wildstyle ... or Lucy

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    The boys loved seeing her!

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    LEGO Movie World is going to open next Spring in California

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    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.

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    Time to head up the Hill for some food.

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    The Royal Feast!

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    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.

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    Here's my treat! Apple Fries are to Legoland like what Dole Whip is to Disneyland...it's a necessary treat!

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    Time to ride the Dragon!

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    Griffin rode this twice while Jackson did his own Ninja Warrior routine on the playground.

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    It's still such a great family ride. I love the dark ride section of the coaster too!

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    This Knight is ready to take on the Black Knight!

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    ....and.....this Knight needs to grow a couple more inches.....

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    Jackson's favorite ride at the par. He rode it about 15 times while we were there.

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    You get the ride your own horse and joust with LEGO figures around the track.

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    And then you defeat the Black Knight at the end. Jackson loved it!

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    There was still some spooky theming around the park!

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    Deep Sea Adventure! New this year and and AWESOME addition to the park!

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    Great theming outside.

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    And like almost all other attractions...they have an area for kids to build LEGOs while the adults wait in line.

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    LEGO Dive Man gives you instructions on your task and what lies ahead.

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    You are told that you are going to embark on an underwater advetnreu and that you need to find the treasure under the sea.

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    Here is the vessel for your voyage!

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    You look through portholes and can see several LEGO figures and real fish, sharks, and sting rays

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    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.

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    There were so many things to find and it was fun to see real fish and sharks swim along the submarine.

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    The LEGO figures added the special LEGO feel to the ride.

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    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!!!)

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    In the gift shop, you can build your own LEGO fish.

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    There were several stations where you could build a fish....

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    ....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!

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    After seeing all the fish, Griffin found his inner Fisherman.

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    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!

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    Spooky theming still haunts the park.

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    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.

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    Time for my boy's favorite land...Ninjago! Griffin loves all the characters. Here he is with Jay (his favorite character) and the dragon.

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    Even if they were just LEGO figures, he still had to do his pose. Here he is with his 2nd favorite character, Lloyd!

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    Zane is keeping a watch over Ninjago Land

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    Another pose with LEGO figure Jay.

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    Nya came out to say hi!

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    And then Jay. So many characters in this small land.

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    Time for Kai's Spinners.

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    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.

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    But once they found out, they always had an AWESOME time!

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    Time for some slides

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    And it's not a LEGO ride without some LEGO theming.

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    Jackson won every time because he would always go on 2 instead of 3 when the ride op would count down.

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    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.

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    Tea Cups...minus the Tea

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    The boys loved to get everyone soaked on the Aqua Blasters

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    And then everyone got me and Jackson soaked.

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    Now, it's time for my favorite ride at the park...Ninjago The Ride.

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    The theming in the queue is great.

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    If you had to wait in line (which we didn't) it had a lot of things to keep you busy.

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    Movies played throughout the queue line

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    They even have a green screen photo op.

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    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!

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    And who needs 1 High Score of the day when you can get both....THIS GUY!!!!

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    I found a Ninja at the Gift Shop!

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    Thanks for reading!

    Part III - The Castle Hotel will be up shortly!

  13. 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!

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    The boys are excited to visit Legoland

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    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!

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    LEGO Jake opens the park every day.

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    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.

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    Someone is excited for his first roller coaster while the other is a little scared.

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    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.

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    Jackson finally started to enjoy it and put his hands in the air!

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    Outside the coaster, Griffin decided to hatch from the egg and then play as a dinosaur while we rode Coastersaurus several times.

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    Safari Trek time! Griffin literally thought he was driving the car the whole time....until a ride he rode later.....

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    LEGO Lion!

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    Griffin enjoyed the Lion!

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    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.

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    First up, Driving school.

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    Here's where Griffin was REALLY driving a car (and would have passed his driving test!)

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    Here's where Jackson was REALLY driving a car (and would have failed his driving test)

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    But at least they can still drive a Limo and pick up celebrities!

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    Time to fly some helicopters!

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    Jackson took control of the Police Helicopter and destroyed all the bad guys!

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    Griffin was in the Rescue Patrol helicopter but pretended he was a bad guy and destroyed all the Heroes. Kids and their imaginations!

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    Fire and Rescue! This is such a great family attraction that every can enjoy (as long as you still meet the height requirement)

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    Put out the FIRE!!!

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    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.

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    Fun Town has been taken over by Giant Spiders and their webs!

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    Webs everywhere!

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    Even the painter has to deal with Spiders! It was an intense situation in Fun Town but we made it out alive.

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    Baby Shark, do do doo do do doo (You're welcome)

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    Skipper School where the boys REALLY drive a boat

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    Amazing views out on the open sea today!

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    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.

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    Time to drive another boat and get completely drenched!

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    The boys loved Splash Battle. We had to get EVERYTHING wet...

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    ....including people taking our picture! HA!

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    Now, time for a stroll along Mini Land. New Orleans has turned into Boo Orleans!

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    The Spiders really have taken over!

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    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.

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    We made it to Egypt!

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    Now we are in New York...but the Vegas New York and not the other version about 200 feet on the other side.

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    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!

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    Griffin making the volcano explode!

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    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

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    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)

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    Disneyland secretly used this model for Batuu and the Smuggler's Run attraction!

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    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.

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    These set pieces are still as impressive as when they first opened this area of Mini Land

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    I spy an Ewok house in the trees!

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    The Force Awakens makes an appearance in Star Wars Mini Land.

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    No we are in New York....but the New York New York and not the Vegas version about 200 feet on the other side.

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    More of New York's Skyline.

    Part II coming soon!

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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!)

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    I guess I was screaming too loud...the lady in front of me became deaf after this ride....

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    Not an on-ride photo but I still loved the Oogie Boogie photo-op. I kicked his @$$ right after this was taken...

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    And then there was Zero....such a sweet and adorable little dog ghost

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

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