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  1. After thinking about all the questions, I believe what happened is that they are being hit with complaints from people that emailed as soon as it showed but didn't get anything. I suspect that they are shocked at how fast word spread. The list of theme park related web sites in the survey was pretty darn long so the word was out way before the game even started. They asked if I actually saw the ad. (I didn't) It must suck to pay all that money to get your ad seen and then you are giving away most of the tickets to people who never saw the ad and the people who did see it got nothing.
  2. I got it yesterday afternoon. I guess I'm the only one on here that got one? Maybe it was targeted toward a certain demographic/area? I think that they were trying to figure out if the ad was worth the price based on the questions they were asking.
  3. Did anyone else get a survey request about winning the tickets? I thought it was really strange. They first started asking basic questions about visiting Orlando but then the questions veered off into a different area. Basically asking if you cheated by registering under different addresses and stuff like that. Did you find out about the contest on a website/blog and which one it was? TPR was not listed as one of the choices. Did you click on a link to get to the sweepstakes or enter the web page manually? Maybe I'm thinking into it too much but I thought it was really odd. They offered the chance for more tickets if you completed the survey. Is it possible the whole thing did not go as planned.
  4. I hope that you are correct about this. Remember though that we are in a much different time now. Loyalty and respect for the working man/woman is not nearly what it was in the 30's. I'm not saying that this is the case with this company but it would be tough to use the Great Depression as a bellwether for the crazy corporate times we live in now.
  5. How true! How many times has something really good been so successful that big business gets involved and ruined everything? If you don't have a season pass, this is actually CHEAPER than last year! Thanks TPR, RideWorld and SFMM for actually recognizing that they have a great thing going and putting the participants before the almighty dollar. Such a refreshing concept!
  6. Obviously they are not going to implement a program that they haven't determined will be profitable for them. Looking at some of the "prizes" they are offering I'm sure that they have (or are) figuring out how to make money off of those hats and flip flops. It is no different than the guess my age booth on the midway. It doesn't matter what happens after you hand over your money. It's already a profit for them. I'm really curious about what the trigger for this idea was. Are they selling season passes that aren't being used enough? Is the upgrade to a season pass deal not working? Have they figured out that the one-timers just aren't spending so they need to target the multiple visitors? All of the above? You also have to keep in mind that most of the people on here are not going to be impressed by most of the awards because everyone here seems to be analyzing every part of the survey(including me). But we are probably not the target for this promotion. People like free stuff even if it is crap. I am a hockey season ticketholder and I can't believe how grown adults will trample children to get a free t-shirt with a Geico ad printed on it because it was shot out of a cannon. Personally I would only be impressed by free passes and parking.
  7. I searched back and didn't see this discussed anywhere. My apologies if I missed it. Someone mentioned on the SFMM thread that they saw surveying going on possibly for the new Q-Bot system. Does anyone have any information on how Q-Bot works? I'm talking about the mechanics of it. I always assumed that they just used a few repeaters throughout the park and the wait time was somehow entered by the same employees that changed the "wait time from here" signs. However, when I went to their web page http://www.lo-q.com/index.html it appears to be more complicated than that. What do they mean when they say they need to install "ride entrances?" Sorry if this sounds nerdy. I'm just curious about how things work. Actually this sounds like a good topic for a Discovery channel show.
  8. This event is open to anyone I believe. (unless you have been banned I guess)
  9. That is totally unacceptable behavior. If he was a TPR member he should be banned from future TPR events. I personally would have said something to him like "I'll bet your really proud of your son using foul language around kids" and have told Robb also. Exactly. If you were able to follow them you could have at least got a look at their badges and posted a "review" of the behavior when you got home.
  10. Was this during ERT? If so, I'm really surprised that this happened with the group that attended the event last year. It really is a great family atmosphere. What a bummer that you found the one bad apple.
  11. I dunno man, I personally thought the night ERT was the highlight of the event! I agree 100% Robb. I loved going up in the tower and taking night time pictures. I had never ridden Tatsu in complete silence. It was like gliding around the track as a bird of prey. What I was trying to say was that I don't think that missing the night ERT should be a deal breaker for The Ghost as far as going to the event. Yeah you might miss the best part of the day but the rest of the day was pretty sweet too.
  12. Because it's a Sunday, the park closes early. Last year the event ended at 10:00 if I recall correctly. To be perfectly honest with you, you could skip the evening ERT and you will still think you got your money's worth. I actually was satisfied after the morning ERT. Everything else (lunch, backstage tour) was icing on the cake IMHO. You tend to walk a lot more during WCB because you spend VERY little time standing in line. I was worn out by the time night ERT started.
  13. Luke, What a touching memorable moment. I'm sorry for your loss but happy that you were able to turn such a sad life experience into a place of comfort by remembering the good times.
  14. Robb, All three played perfectly for me with a 7-10 second start delay. I also get the SQL server error in the description box on the first one. Using Firefox. MySpeed Results Download 11,732,328 bps Upload 2,657,904 bps
  15. Another article was in the paper today. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2008/09/22/20080922pinalpark0922.html There is a short story in the local paper today correlating this park with the Hard Rock. It appears that the project is dead. If you still had a viable project you would think that you would respond to press inquires. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/12/27/20081227themepark1227.html
  16. First I'll jump in to defend DegoRed. It's kind of odd that this came up on Christmas day. When I lived in Philadelphia the father of a friend always served Dego Red. I am positive about this as we would get to take a bottle or two home after the Xmas eve party at their house. They were Italian and pronounced it with a short "E" and not a long "A". Back on topic. I loved the video. I wish I had the patience that you obviously have. I have built a couple of the basic K-Nex coasters and they are a bit more complicated than they look. I always walked away and left my daughter to finish them. Good job!
  17. Loved the shot of the Zipper. It's also my all-time favorite. I first rode the Zipper on July 4, 1970 in Cecilton Maryland. It was my very first thrill ride. I always loved how the door never felt quite like it was closed correctly and how the noise of the midway sounded so far away when you were stopped at the top. Thanks for the pictures. It's funny how all these fairs seem to have the same basic elements all over the country.
  18. I had no problem downloading and viewing at the same time. Thanks for the download you guys. I just finished viewing and it looks great! As for the question about paying $5 for downloads; I would like that. Including both as a package would also be cool. The last few DVDs I purchased had a free digital download included but I don't know how fancy the technology is for that since I had to have the actual DVD inserted to download along with a code.
  19. http://perezhilton.com/2008-11-27-thanksgiving-in-mexico-city#respond
  20. BGE With questions like this I think that it will ultimately come down to staffing . I just think that the staff at BGE is far superior in the amount of pride that they take in the park. This translates into all the other areas. I have had unpleasant staff interactions at BGA so that also skews my opinion. Your results may vary.
  21. As Robb said, it will be packed. I have done it before during that week and as long as you are prepared to just go with the flow you should be fine. I would suggest taking an afternoon break every day. If you are at the gates when the park opens you can take a shot at a Dream Fastpass which will really come in handy. In general they hand them out in the first 20-30 minutes after the rope drop. The most popular spots for handing them out are going through the castle, in the back walkway between Fantasyland and BTMR and getting off of Pooh. Keep your eyes peeled for Castmembers in white vests and carrying messenger type bags. You can stop looking after the first hour of park opening. Have fun and grab Fastpasses every chance you get. Remember that they are good from the starting time until the park closes. They make you think they are only good for an hour window but that is just a suggestion. If you play your cards right you can be holding one for every ride by the evening time.
  22. I feel like an idiot. I've spent 30 minutes looking for this setting. The closest I have gotten is a section that has reading settings. Can you give me more specific instructions (for a dummy) on finding this check box? I did notice on this post that I can do it per post (if it shows in this one).
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