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  1. 4 out of 10 for me, TTD, MF, Thunder Dolphin and Fujiyama - all done in the summer of 2005. I really need to get back to the states or Japan! Have been on Goliath and Silver Star - but I don't count those in the top ten.
  2. I think that this link fits in with this topic thread. Accidently stumbled across it when I was searching for a picture of a limo. http://www.chicagolimochoice.com/wedding.html
  3. Having been a Brit that's done both SFMM and CP and the idea that you Go for Socal. Less driving and to be honest it's easy to adjust to driving on the wrong side of the road. Not only is there SFMM, Knotts but USH, Sea World, DCA and DL, plus Santa Monica Pier. Plenty of credits and you get to experience the Hollywood Thang. If you've got 10 days, then why not combine with Vegas - fly or drive? Of course Cedar Point is far more superior to SFMM but why not do that when our economy gets better.
  4. In fact just found this shot and it was British Red, White and Blue. They don't do ride photos like this anymore! My first ride on the Corkscrew circa 1990. It was good once!
  5. Surely you could do the lot! 35 days is plenty of time. It's very easy to do 2+ parks in a day. I managed to do it back in the summer of 2005. CosmoWorld and Sea Paradise can be done in a day. Plus you can visit Landmark Tower and ride a Bullet Train to get there to boot. Yomiuriland and Toshimaen ar another combo. I managed to fit in the Skyscrapers at Shinjuku in the same day. Tobu Zoo (which at the time just had Regina as its highlight) is easily reached from Asakusa train station (about an hour). This station is close to the small park of Hanayashiki which is also near to the Sensoji Shrine. I managed this in a day and still managed LaQua in the evening. The latter park great fun watching all the businessmen having a go on Thunder Dolphin before going home from work. Some ideas for your consideration.
  6. That was such a cool show. The Freefall looked huge back in 1984. Remember it yes. Watch it now you can. The Corkscrew will always have a place in the heart of 30-40 British Somethings, it was that iconic. It was once THE ride you sort out to go on first, much like Nemesis now. Maybe it should be boxed up and sent to Margate for the proposed heritage park. Obviously the original yellow and red colour scheme should be revived. I never like the UG Land theming.
  7. I forgot one last image from the pyramids. Try not to be predictable and mention 4 nil defeats! Me in front of the Pyramids showing my other passion!
  8. Ok then, here's the touristy bit. Very first Pyramid at Saqarra Couldn't resist this from my home park in glorious Essex! don't think that this Mummy will have any Revenge! Sound and Light Show from 'Spy Who Loved Me'. It's still the same as it was 30 years ago! The Great Pyramid - This is the one that's the Wonder of The World Giza, Plateau of the Pyramids. Hail to the King, baby! The Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid
  9. Rollercoaster at DreamPark, Giza, Egypt - you've probably read about it.
  10. They're all there anyway, just not all together. All the taxi drivers know where these parks are, so no bother at all. As I wrote earlier, it's a dust storm. These usually appear around April. Rest of the year is blue skies and blistering heat.
  11. There are more. Check out this site, http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/7432/Egypt.html I saw Geroland as I flew into Cairo from Luxor but I missed it on my camera.
  12. I'd better reply to my own request as I've done the trip now! http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=43343 Magicland and DreamPark open at 10am and shut at 6pm in April by the way. All prices are within my TR.
  13. Last lot now. No, but this is the way out! Is this the way to Amarillo? I did see this right! How wrong is this! Check out the gift shop. Hang on a minute... Not really a water ride anymore. this is for fans of Fantazia Land! This was scary! NOt in a good way either. More of the funny English.
  14. Some more... Tidal Wave clone shut down. Left hand side, one of those top spin things. This really should be called Ramses Revenge. Another view of the SLC. In pain upside down. It does what it says on the tin.
  15. Here they are... They love their Rapids Rides here. Well it is Egypt after all. Bottom of mine. Top of Egypt's coaster poll. I see credit number 2 of the day! Nice theming. you get in here.
  16. A 15 Egyptian Pond ($3) taxi ride would take us up the road to Dream Park , Africa's premier theme park. Giza Parks Part 2 - Dream Park If MagicLand was Universal, then Dream Park is Disney complete with it's own character Doobi who looks very musch like Bolton's own Peter Kay. This is supposidly the biggest theme park in Africa. It also overlooks the Pyramids so should the rides get boring... The cost to get in was 35 E£ about $7 with the bigger rides being an additional cost of 6E£ each, just overa dollar. Whereas Magicland was like Thorpe Park in the '80s, this one was like Thorpe Park in the '90s just before it became really good. I quite like the idea of a park called DreamPark as it evoked many memories of DreamLand Margate, a regular haunt of mine from childhood. Little did I know that Dreamland was burning down that same day! The park is well themed with 3 coasters. A Vekoma SLC dominates the park and a rollerskate is found in the Chinese Themed area. The other coaster is a dark ride, but I couldn't find it through lack of park maps available. There is a Rapids ride - they seem to love them in Egypt - a a ride like Thorpe's Tidal Wave, which happened to be shut. A Detonator style ride was available at the extra cost as was Discovery - emphasis on the disc. This was one of the scariest rides I've been on. It didn't seem safe! Although I was reliably informed that this park passes European Safety standards. Again the park had the feeling of 'Lost in Translation' that you get in the Japanese Parks. It was worth it if not for anything else but excitement of the Egyptians on the Vekoma rollerskate. It was really as if they had never been on a rollercoaster before in their lives! They probably hadn't! As for the SLC....yes it was rough, and it made me feel sick. There wasn't a queue for it. Reason? Perhaps it was just too extreme for the park. Anyway, enjoy the photos... The entrance
  17. Now onto the Dolphin Show, which the folks at MagicLand were extremely proud of. I was informed by 4 employers not to miss it. Still empty on the way out. This was very scary. How long would the bolts hold for! Everyone loves a Dolphin show. Old skool Seal action. Just like Sea World, but that aint the Kraken!
  18. Now onto that Jurassic Park ride! Any ideas what this is for? It wasn't part of the ride. The rapids are turned on for me. wild West film set in background. Where next? The end of the ride and no drop. They don't have this in Orlando! Just like Orlando. Scary. T Rex we've got a T Rex!
  19. Yes it is more on that later. Giza Parks Part 1 - MagicLand Orlando has Universal Studios, Giza has MagicLand which is part of the Media City development. It's basically a film and TV studios complex with a small theme park attached. This is the park with the least information about it on the net so my trip was more a 'turn and see what happens' visit. The day I visited, the park had very few guests. It could be because of the dust storm that dominates all of my photos, but it could be through lack of advertising. You know all those leaflets you get at hotels for Theme Parks, Tea Pot museums or variations on an aquarium that hotels hace lots of in their lobby areas, well Egyptian Hotels don't have any, so prior knowledge is essential. The park cost 40 Egyptian Pounds to get in, that's about $8. For that you get a big ticket, which has the park map on the back and 1 ride on everything. Yes just one ride. However the price includes a dolphin show - which they were extremely proud of - and a studio tour akin to the backlot tour. Not being into Arabic dramas, I chose not to go on this. The rides were basic, a Wild Mouse, some ghost train that only kids could go on, Rapids which weren't very rapid, a killer whale ride, a jurassic park style river ride and an assortment of fairground rides. The park felt like Thorpe Park in the '80s, before Tussauds got their hands on it, with a touch of Sea World for good measure. Walking around it was like entering another world. The dust storm added to the feeling of being in the Omega Man. I was the last person on planet Earth and was doomed to spend eternity at an abandoned theme park. Only the Dolphin show had the crowds, although we were the oinly Westerners there. This experience is similar to the feeling you get at the Japanese parks such as Tobu Zoo. The show was quite Old Skool - in that it was Dolphins through hoops, dolphins head footballs - none of the fancy ballet that takes the fun out of the shows at Sea World. The park also has a McDs although that was deserted apart from the pigeons sitting on the tables. Very cheap too at $10 for 2 Big Mac meals! The best bit of the park was the Jurassic Park style ride. Ok it lacked the big drop finale, but the models of dinosaurs, mammoths and cave men were hysterical (similar to the ones at Blackgang Chine). The Rapids were turned on as we got to the station. One attendant said they were shut, then changed his mind saying yes yes please come. I don't think I actually got wet at all on the ride and passed on the opportunity to go round again - this was against the park policy of 1 ride only. Anyway onto the pictures, Don't you just love those attempts at English that go wrong. Another Wild Mouse Lift hill POV. Wild Mouse in a dust storm. Fun fair and credit! Elissa friendly park? Magicland - the park where the guests have disappeared Park map by the entrance. The entrance
  20. Early this month I visited Egypt and did all the things that tourists do, Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Tutankhmun blah blah blah. And yes they were an amazing experience and well worth doing at one point in your life. However, this is a Theme Park website and it's the parks you really want to see, so I will be posting my experiences of the two parks (Magicland and DreamPark) I visited at Giza outside of Cairo. I'll also include some advice as such info is hard to come by. As a teaser here is the view from the hotel I stayed at, the Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort. The hotel is highly recommended if you want to visit the parks (which are 10 minutes away by cab) or the Pyramids (the real purpose of the trip). View from the hotel of the pyramids.
  21. I am planning to visit Egypt at the start of April and want to visit a few parks in the Cairo region. Dreampark looks the best. I've tried the officlal site http://www.dreamparkegypt.com but there's no info (yet) on opening dates and times. Anyone got any ideas?
  22. Like most Brits, WDW was my first Disney experience, back in 2000. Didn't get to the West Coast version until 2005 and that was on my 2nd visit to LA. Few Brits at that one if any the time I went. I only did DCA which I actually rather enjoyed more than the parks in Florida, possibly because it's the least 'Disney' like Disney Park - but then isn't that supposed to be the problem.
  23. Lets see... Adventure Island Alton Towers Blackgang Chine Cypress Gardens Adventure Park Ocean Park Rhyl Old Town Pleasure Beach, Blackpool SeaWorld Orlando South Pier, Blackpool Universal Studios Florida Universal Studios Islands of Adventure 11
  24. That hotel is called the Grand Intercontinental Hotel. Next to it is the Landmark Tower, the tallest building in Japan. From which Vanish looks tiny.
  25. 1991 Thunderlooper AT 1992 Runaway Minetrain AT 1998 Oblivion AT 2000 Kraken SWO 2002 Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster WBMW GC 2003 Scream SFMM 2004 Revenge Of The Mummy USO 2006 Stealth TP Pegusus EP 2007 Rage AI
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