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  1. ^ Thanks! Funny you should make that comment today because I finally have the next part of this to share. I mean, it's only been what, a month? Goodness. Day 3: Olympics Stuff! No, there are absolutely no roller coasters featured in this portion. But if you really want to see something cool, then watch this. It's relevant. Promise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_Zt8O-99Wo After Happy Valley Beijing, we visited Beijing Olympic Park. I was ecstatic to get a little more up close and personal with the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube since the night before, I’d only se
  2. Thank you again for the kind words and thank you also for your patience! Let’s get this rolling again: Day 3: Happy Valley Beijing I was really excited to finally see one of the Happy Valley parks. I’d heard they were beautifully themed and that I might swoon at the sight of a real Vekoma SLC, the latter of which really exemplifies the desperate nature of the coastering situation after just two days of knock-offs. And you know what? It was a beautiful park. Quite impressive, actually. Combine that with Crystal Wings and the fact that I was seeing the sun for the first time since
  3. ^^ It also contains renegade mold colonies in its bathroom sinks!
  4. At first glance, yes--but then I remembered I'd seen trip reports with the shooting ride and put two and two together. It was still highly entertaining. There are two guns on the car and at least on mine, they had different sound effects. Amusing, to say the least. Do you remember that Chairlift of Death, Scraggly Branches and Very Large Scary Arachnids attraction in Jamaica? Brought back some fond memories, this trip did.
  5. Wow, the front page twice now? Thank you! And thank you very much for the comments and bonus Angus McNasty photos, everyone!! I’m glad you are enjoying this, as I’m having a lot of fun making it Continuing on... Day 2, Part 2: Sun Park From Shijingshan, we inched our way (because that’s the fastest way you can get anywhere in Beijing; I am quite certain that hitching a ride on a sloth would be more efficient) to Sun Park. There we found six coasters, a pretty decent amount of flat rides and enough color to render the Crayola factory insipid and gloomy by comparison. I was als
  6. I am honored Angus McNasty made an appearance in my thread, so I decided the best way to thank you was to introduce Angus to Maxine. Keep up the great work, as always! She's fat, she's bad and she's totally single.
  7. HOORAY, Chuck's China TR has begun! I have been looking forward to this
  8. Day 2, Part 1: Beijing Shijingshan Park Originally I was planning on putting all of day 2 into one post, but both parks we visited that day are large enough that I decided to separate them. The day began at Shijingshan Park, which has eight coasters plus one SBNO. The reviews I read going in were that this was a place of quantity over quality and I have to admit, that actually had me looking forward to it. Today was the day to see if all the horror stories about Chinese-manufactured rides were true, and even if I walked away thinking none of the coasters were memorable, I figured a
  9. Wow, the front page of TPR?!??! Gosh, I feel so famous! Thanks And thank you also for the comments, everyone! Day 1: Beijing Area Sightseeing The first official day of the trip was spent not riding coasters, but rather visiting several of the Beijing area’s most iconic landmarks: the Great Wall (at Badaling), Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Admittedly, I’m no expert in Chinese history, so I read a bit before the trip to try and get a better appreciation of where I’d be going (and for those who are interested, I do recommend the book Wild Swans by Jung Chang, which re
  10. The post vacation blues have set in. My suitcase is sitting on the floor and I am in no hurry to unpack it. I reached for a bottle of water to brush my teeth earlier and got kind of sad when I remembered I could use tap water again (okay, that one might have been an exaggeration). Everyone always said TPR trips were some of the best times of their lives. They were right. I’m still kind of in awe that I got to go to China. It was a little surreal to know that I was on the opposite side of the world. I’d wanted to go to China since I was a kid playing Street Fighter on Super Nintend
  11. Get out, the Blackbeard's coaster is STILL closed? Did you notice if it still had orange tape all over the track? Apparently it needed welding in 14 places! Also, I'm disappointed you never got into Rotary Storyland--lots of charm, even if it should be renamed The Spider Web Capital Of The Universe.
  12. I am pretty sure this is the part where I wiped out horrifically and had scratches and bruises up my shin the rest of the trip! Would have been a lot worse if Joey's hand hadn't appeared out of nowhere to save me, though! Thanks again, Joey! Dunn's River Falls was one of the most fun experiences of my life
  13. I love, love, love your trip reports Joey! You always include some really amazing photos plus some pretty funny captions. Awesome job
  14. ^ For me, I don't think I'd consider lapbar-only trains to be "odd," but more along the lines of my personal hyperventilation vehicle. Vertical spikes are somewhat terrifying for me, particularly on GIBs, so I can only imagine what it would be like to ride a GIB without the seeming security of an OTSR. But my one ride on KD's FOF back in 1999 still ranks as the absolute worst coaster experience of my life, so I will gladly take my wide-eyed terror on facing straight down with just a lapbar holding me in over smashing my skull into oblivion. I'm curious to see what becomes of this.
  15. ^Well, to be fair, I didn't ride the coaster (I don't count powered ones). Mike did. But hey, I was at least there. I filmed him putzing around the track with a gigantic grin on his face because it was his THIRD visit to try and get that credit. And you thought I was bad.
  16. Best year ever! Parks Six Flags St. Louis Six Flags Over Texas Wonderland Amusement Park Joyland Amusement Park Six Flags Fiesta Texas Sea World San Antonio iT'Z Family Food and Fun, Houston, TX Zuma Fun Center, Houston, TX Kemah Boardwalk York's Wild Kingdom Canobie Lake Park Funworld Game Center, Nashua, NH Rye Playland Six Flags Great Adventure Bowcraft Playland Magic Forest Park The Great Escape Six Flags New England Kids 'N Action Adventurers Family Entertainment Center Astroland Luna Park Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park Scream Zone Victorian Gardens Amusem
  17. Yay SFOG for trying this out!! Honestly, I liked Georgia Cyclone when I was at DSB. Well, by "like," I mean I was laughing out loud throughout the entire ride at how ridiculously jarring and rough it was, and that made for a great time. Having ridden the original Cyclone a few weeks before, I think I was more willing to forgive this coaster's major flaws (let's be honest, GA Cyclone is the proverbial "smooth as a baby's bottom" when compared to the current state of the original). I liked it. The guy behind me, however, started yelling about halfway through that he was seeing stars
  18. As always, I enjoy your reports, and I like how you picked one area of the park to cover in-depth. I really enjoyed Legoland Florida. I'd never been to a Legoland before, so I don't know how it compares to the other parks, but I was impressed with what I saw. Well, except for this. I agree with you on the food. I had a grilled cheese from one of the places towards the front of the park, and this is what I got: Even if it wasn't missing half the bread, this still wouldn't look remotely appetizing. But hey, beyond that, it was a lovely place! Looking forward to your n
  19. --Going on my first TPR trip! (Well, first totally coaster-oriented trip, since I did the cruise in October.). I am so excited to ride new coasters and visit new countries and meet more TPR people. --Hitting credit #300 --All of those new awesome coasters; honestly, there isn't one that has me chomping at the bit any more than another--they're all exciting! And non-coaster related, the Olympics, of course!
  20. Scott, I've very much enjoyed reading through your trip report! Your pictures are very good (including the night shots in this last segment), but what I've liked most of all is that it feels like I'm reliving the cruise (and it's giving me ideas for the future--those Mayan ruins and adjoining beach are a MUST). It was wonderful meeting you and Shannon and I especially enjoyed talking with you each night at dinner! Here's hoping we're all able to do this again someday!
  21. Win. I think the Jamaica day was my favorite. I am still amazed that I didn't break a tooth or something climbing those falls. And that I made it off the chairlift alive. And that even now, seeing pictures of those spiders still gives me the creeps. And I am also amazed that water can be that blue. I think my lasting memory of Jamaica might have come after our excursion, though. Mike and I walked through the town of Falmouth, which was a culture credit if there ever was one--it was pretty much seeing in person so many things I read about in ethnographies as an anthropology major:
  22. Nice trip report and great seeing you again! Glad we managed to ride something together, too! (last ride of the night on Goliath in the last row ain't too shabby!)
  23. It was great meeting you, Chuck! As usual, your trip reports are entertaining. Hope to see you again soon so I can hear some Angus McNasty stories!
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