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  1. here's the last of them (except for a few scaps here or there, not all of them bad, but none i have any great desire to post, either): here are a few more of those Manta night shots which didn't make the cut last time, but which are at least as good as those Shark Encounter shots! this was my one attempt at flash photography here! it looks kind of cool, too, but i think actually prefer the blurry non-flash photos. here are the infamous Shark Encounter photos! i've decided that they look kind of cool… these lamps are all over SeaWorld
  2. thanks y'all — your kind words are very much appreciated! i'm going to try and get the rest of the photos up some time today, although i'm still debating whether or not to put up the Shark Encounter photos (you can't really see anything, but i think they're sort of beautiful in an abstract way, and it still gives a good sense of the atmosphere of the place. hmm…) as for the debate… i've read the rules of this site, i think i understand them, and i honestly think i'm following them! i do use good grammar and spelling, i do proof read and spellcheck, i do try to make my posts easy
  3. i'm so jealous — it wasn't running at all when i went, and i spent the whole day hoping to see it run just once! great pictures, too…
  4. i just have to say it: this is probably my favorite topic of all time, on any forum! i love all of those great old wooden coasters (my coaster obsession actually began with them), and all of these incredible photos just bring tears to my eyes (yes, i'm one of those guys who takes coasters way too seriously!) thank you so much for sharing them!
  5. Look! I can now write like a second grader! I am sure my mother will be very proud of me, the women will all adore me, the mods will not banish me and we can all live happily ever after! Is it not amazing? I cannot go to sleep so I have decided to post more photographs of Manta:
  6. Seriously, using poor grammar to "express yourself" is simply one of the most foolish things I've ever heard of. Honestly, you don't realize how stupid that sounds? "Look at me, I write like a first grader" is probably not the best approach to being rebellious. But yeah, good luck with that. sheesh! i said it was a crappy trip-report, didn't i? what did you expect, e e cummings?
  7. look, i'm honestly sorry that you find my writing hard to read, but i just as honestly find your writing hard to read! and i promise i'm not saying that to pick a fight (i'm really not in the mood for a fight!) i also know all about “proper grammar”, namely: it doesn't actually exist! read two different style guides and each will tell you two different things, and read the same style guide from two different eras and each will tell you different things, and so on, and so on — capitalization as we know it today hasn't always been a part of the English language, and it likely won't be forev
  8. i'm not sure if i'll have a chance to post any more photos tonight, so, for those of you left who don't completely hate my guts (thank you!), here's a few more pictures (including some actual coaster photos!): and here's the show! Kraken through the roof! here's a close up of Kraken taken from my seat at the show! Kraken through the pirate ship! i don't know why, but i liked this shot, so it's here. this is what you see of Kraken as you enter the Sealion And Otter Stadium! i've never seen a line here before! can someone please explain this to me? the indoo
  9. well, let me put it this way: because i honestly care even less about what a couple of random people think! if more than a few select people have a problem with me and the way i write, or if TPR itself has a problem with me and the way i write (like if i'm threatened with a ban, or something!), then i'll happily just leave quietly, and move on to other sites — but, for now, i've gotten as many compliments as complaints for this TR, so i'll keep on posting when i can! but, technically, i'm still on my break, so not now! resizing and converting and posting all of these pictures is more work
  10. and, now that i've finished supper, i bring you part three! how many parts will there be? i don't have a clue — as many as i can get in before i run out of photos, or get banned for my improper capitalization! i love these guys! no, i've never tried their beer (or anyone elses!), but they've been a part of my life for so long, since i've lived so near Busch Gardens for my entire life! i think i'm living in a different zip code for the first time in my life right now, but i'm actually now on the same street (although, it's a big street!) i'll be miserable if these parks ever have to leave t
  11. uh, technically i've been around here for longer than you, and while that doesn't really mean much of anything other than that i've been here a long time (and i don't in any way mean to imply that it does!), in all my years of being here, and posting the way i post, i've never heard a single complaint about it from anyone until now! besides, i do capitalize, but only proper nouns and titles, since i think they're the only things worthy of capitalization, and that capitalizing other things just make it more confusing to read and write! but, if it's really going to be a problem then, honestly, i
  12. okay, more from the “photo trip-report” section of this trip-report: and here's the entrance i was too stupid to take a picture of before we went through! i've got to get out of here! actually, i just thought this was a cool photo… …and headless whales! OMG! …and barrels… …this room filled with ghosts… this spooky tunnel takes you down to… okay, i don't actually know if there was a walrus in that photograph, but this is what a photograph with a walrus actually looks like! and now you can see why i chose to use the one of them hiding… it's time to play Spot The W
  13. here are some more pictures (but think of these as part 1, or 2, or whatever, since i need to take a break!): Journey To Atlantis? i thought we were going to the kiddie coaster — whoops! i couldn't decide which photo i liked better, so you get both! …and through the sexy trees… …into the sexy pretzel loop… this is where i would have used that sexy lift hill photo, so just pretend it's here, and that this sexy first drop photo came after! oh, there she is! i'm just assuming Manta is a gal since i think she's pretty, and i'm not into pretty boys… wait — were did Manta
  14. i'm crap at this writing stuff (and not much better at pictures!), but here goes nothing: SeaWorld Orlando (March 22nd 2009) i went to SeaWorld Orlando yesterday with my mom (because i'm pathetic, i know!), rode a few rides (and finally got my Shamu Express credit!), saw a couple of shows and a few animal exhibits, and then decided to ride Kraken again… we'll get to that later! we arrived at around 11:30-ish, which was later than i hoped for, but we still got a pretty decent parking space (we didn't need the tram to get to the front gate, or anything!) i had wanted to get Shamu Ex
  15. well, i haven't been on too many coasters, so i guess this is more like “Top 10 Coasters In Central Florida”, or something, but here goes nothing… based on “best ride ever”: 01. Kumba 02. Gwazi: Lion 03. Gwazi: Tiger 04. Dueling Dragons: Ice 05. Dueling Dragons: Fire 06. Montu 07. The Revenge Of The Mummy 08. The Incredible Hulk 09. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 10. Triple Hurricane based on all rides (averaged): 01. Dueling Dragons: Ice 02. Dueling Dragons: Fire 03. Kumba 04. Montu 05. The Revenge Of The Mummy 06. The Incredible Hulk 07. Gwazi: Tiger 08. Gwazi:
  16. uh, Dueling Dragons already looks like that, at the right time of day… i'm almost completely certain that's just your typical “magic hour” lighting, which occurs right before sunset, and gives everything a sort of “golden” hue, as seen in that picture!
  17. first things first: the Gravity Group doesn't track their own coasters, so how could they possibly “retrack” somebody else's? huh? the Gravity Group is an engineering firm not a manufacturer, and all of their coasters are either built by other companies (like Boardwalk Bullet, which was built by Martin & Vleminckx), or even the park themselves! i think that if an “established” wooden coaster company takes on the task of retracking it would almost certainly have to be Great Coasters International! the only companies actually building wooden coasters right now seem to be: Great Coasters
  18. are we really reviewing a roller-coaster that nobody has ever ridden before? awesome! here's mine: frankly, i'm expecting absolutely nothing from it — the layout just looks kinda “meh”, and both Kraken and Sheikra were huge dissapointments for me, so much so that, as much as i hate to say it, i've basically given up completely on B&M! it'll still be cool to finally ride a flyer, though…
  19. well, that all depends… if the queue really has anything worthy of a “walkthrough”, especially story elements, special effects, etc, then, sure, i'd love to see it! but, if it's just a queue (even a very pretty and well themed queue!), then, no, probably not…
  20. actually, i think the “all lead car” trains were simply done to ease the stress on the axles and wheel assemblies by doubling the number of axles per car — i'm pretty sure the untranslated manual didn't have anything directly to do with the redesign at all (although it did have a lot to do with the accident!)
  21. am i the only one who likes the supports, then? they're just sort of taking the opposite approach of, say, B&M — B&M uses the fewest beams possible by making them as large as necessary, while Maurer Söhne seems to be using the smallest beams possible by using as many as necessary — but, neither is inherently any more “right” than the other, and the approach Maurer Söhne is using actually has it's advantages, not the least of which is how beautiful it can look (to me, at least!) for instance, i think this is one of the most beautiful rides ever built (although i might be alone in that):
  22. I'm sorry, I don't fully understand this sentence. What has a classic wood coaster? The state fair, the Columbus Zoo, or Zoombezi Bay? I'm very interested in riding it wherever it is. And we are going in August, so the fair is a possibility. to confuse you even more, here's the coaster on the RCDB which says it's at “Jungle Jack's Landing” — but Jungle Jack's Landing, Zoombezi Bay, and The Colombus Zoo are all apparently sort of basically the same thing!
  23. they want it to be “fun" and “not scary?” well, there goes all my excitement… well, no, not really: i've always wished i had a chance to ride one of the original Flying Turns, and i'm glad that someone is trying to bring them back, but one of the reasons why is because i've heard about how incredibly intense and frightening they supposedly were! when i heard the ride was running “too fast” i thought it meant “too dangerous”, not “too scary” — “too scary” is a good thing!
  24. i'm actually really surprised by this coaster! i hadn't really been following it at all, and wasn't expecting much from it — i've never even seen a Saw film, and a Eurofighter seemed like kind of an “insignificant” investment compared to some of the other coasters at Thorpe Park — but, i think it looks great! the layout looks pretty cool (but, so do all Eurofighters!), and the theming looks incredible! it kind of reminds me of Mystery Mine — i know a lot of smaller parks are buying Eurofighters because they can get a “major” coaster for relatively little money, but it seems like some larger pa
  25. you've got some nice pictures there, Electerik — i keep feeling like i should go to Six Flags Over Georgia since it's probably the closest “major” park that i haven't been to, but then i realize that “closest” means an 8-hour drive, and start to think “maybe next year…” but, i don't know… maybe i will get down (up?) there this year… or, not…
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