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  1. Near USH -

     

    Just north of USH, on Lankershim Blvd. - check out The Federal Bar - really good burgers and excellent choice of beers - plus they have "beer floats" - vanilla ice cream and ole Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. If you don't want to drive, just hop on the Red Line Subway at Universal Station, and head one station north to North Hollywood Station. This puts you in the North Hollywood Arts District, and there are a ton of places to eat and drink, and even see some art.

     

    Also within a couple blocks south of the North Hollywood Red Line station - Philadelphia Sandwiches - Best Philly cheese steak sandwich I've had outside of Pat's King of Steaks.

  2. Best steel - I'd probably tie between Batman at SFMM and Flight Deck at PGA.

     

    I'll probably hear all kinds of horrible things said about me and my mother over this one, but I'd have to give worst steel in California to Matterhorn Bobsleds, with it's current set of sleds. My favorite ride at the entire Disneyland Resort is now a ride that I don't even consider riding; I'd consider what was done to it as bad if not worse than what Six Flags did to Revolution (I still occasionally ride that).

     

    Best wood - I still give to Giant Dipper at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

     

    Worst wood - Grizzly; even Ghostrider at it's worst is at least semi-thrilling in a "I hope my back will forgive me for this" kind of way.

  3. The fire didn't do anything to 'delay' things- but remember that where Despicable Me is being built, is atop a parking structure, at the end of a couple of fairly narrow walkways from the rest of the park. That adds some unique factors to doing large scale construction. Also, adjacent to the attraction as Joey stated, is the Globe Theater, home to USH's Special Events- many of which are planned out 6 months to a year ahead- they're not gonna close a major revenue stream to build THIS attraction any faster, and they can still PUSH Transformers for at least another full year. 2012 was the biggest year in the park's history, and 2013 looks good so far.

  4. Stagecoach reopened.

     

    Stagecoach rides were canceled for the remainder of the day on Sunday, but resumed Monday because Knott's keeps a fleet of several coaches.

     

    "We have five original stagecoaches and one replica," Blazey said, with some of the originals more than 100 years old. "We've modernized these and added safety features so that they have hydraulic brakes and rubber on the wheels."

     

    Park maintenance personnel are examining the damaged coach to see exactly what went wrong. That coach was one that park founder Walter Knott bought years ago after it was used as a movie prop, Blazey said.

     

    Like other rides at the park, the stagecoaches get inspected daily before the public arrives, Blazey said.

  5. I got more scares last night at Fright Fest, than 3 nights of HHN combined this year. The blackout maze was an absolute blast, and the Aftermath maze is a better zombie experience than the Ambien dead maze and "Terror" Tram combined. The cast at Cursed did a great job with what little they have to work with, and unlike Universal- there's actually line control at the mazes. There's nothing scary about doing a conga line through rooms that smell like rotting flesh, I don't care how many strobe/scream stomp pedals you put in the room. Lecter's Slaughterhouse was the one truly disappointing maze at Fright Fest for us, and we've been to a lot of quality haunts this season.

  6. Preview night was very fun last night!

     

    Silent Hill was REALLY cool- caught the vibe of the games/movies really well.

     

    TCM was a bit of a letdown, but I'll give it a pass, as last night was really a dress rehearsal, and in past years, I've seen dramatic improvements from just about every maze.

     

    Alice is really cool, but not really scary.

     

    The dubstep maze wasn't as horrible as I imagined it could have been- I'd imagine it would be the equivalent of a 'Disco' monster maze in 1979.

     

    I wish the Terror Tram 'walkers' the best, as they were doing some pretty wild moves- hope they can keep that up for the run of the event.

     

    For the first time ever, not only did I get to watch the entire Bill and Ted's show- it was actually really fun, and entertaining.

     

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