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  1. Animal Kingdom is a deceptively simple park. There are plenty of things to do and places to explore that could easily warrant a full day at the park, especially if you've never been there before. Especially if you love animals and nature. I think maybe Craig was pressed for time or just really eager to get back to Magic Kingdom and cheat on Elsa with Belle! I can't answer for him, but to be fair, if I had a limited amount of time at WDW I would also spend the least time at Animal Kingdom to get more out of Magic Kingdom and Epcot. By the way, this has been a wonderful trip report through and through. It's getting me super excited to go back to Orlando next year!
  2. Tame Impala just dropped a new single called "Let It Happen", and it's the best thing since "Let It Go"! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLIZzqZdLYw But for real, Tame Impala just confirmed an album release in 2015, Muse keeps teasing about their upcoming album Drones and tweeted that a big announcement is coming tomorrow, and Kendrick Lamar is still keeping his album title, tracklist, and artwork secret until the March 23rd release!! What an exciting year for music! *Update* New Muse album release date and artwork! June 9th, get hyped
  3. I haven't been to Disney or Universal in 10 years, and boy has a lot changed from my perspective. They aren't parks designed with season pass holders in mind like Six Flags or Cedar Fair. Not to mention Disney and Universal attractions tend to cost way more than traditional coasters and flats due to the insanely detailed theming, landscaping, and utilizing the latest technology in animatronics and ride systems. The changes at Disney aren't quite as noticeable since they are distributed across 4 parks, also lots of money goes into keeping the parks beautiful and maintaining/updating rides that have been around since the 70's. Besides, this trip report takes place right before a new Frozen attraction (and likely revamp of Epcot's Norway area) and an entire Avatar section of Animal Kingdom are going to be built. That would be like saying "so little has changed at Universal" right before their major Potter expansion of the past few years. While I would love if a giant new attraction was built every year at WDW, it's just not realistic. And considering a major draw to Disney is the nostalgia factor (parents taking their kids to the same park their parents took them 20 years ago), they would have to compromise some of their classic rides to make room for new ones. Remember the reaction to Maelstrom last year? And that's nothing compared to the outcry that would be heard if they ever touched It's A Small World, Dumbo, Pirates, etc. Universal doesn't have that same legacy and historical value so they can get away with (what I consider to be atrocious crimes against humanity) removing Jaws and Back To The Future. Universal may be moving at a quicker pace in order to compete with Disney, but WDW has still changed significantly in the past ten years. Also is "first time in forever visitors" a thing? Because that is such a great marketing slogan, it needs to be in a commercial.
  4. As I started getting older I've developed worsening motion sickness. I used to be able to marathon rides like El Toro, but now it's not really an option if I want to enjoy the rest of the day. However I still love intense coasters just as much as I always have, thanks to the magic of Dramamine! As for Fury 325, it seems to be meeting every requirement I have for an amazing coaster. I'm trying to arrange a trip down there for this summer, the POV makes it seem way faster, taller, and intense than the rendering...
  5. Probably Bizarro. Still a top 5 coaster for me, but my expectations were a lot higher. Whereas Millennium Force was exactly what I expected, maybe even better. Also Corkscrew at Cedar Point was very disappointing. I usually love Arrow coasters (Loch Ness Monster is one of my favorite rides ever), but Corkscrew was just too painful to enjoy
  6. "It Is You" by Natalie Prass She is incredibly talented and her new album is easily my favorite of 2015 so far. Reminds me of classics by Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, etc. My girlfriend thinks she sounds like a Disney princess!
  7. I still think Batman has great theming, and by far the best in the park (and majority of Six Flags parks). I think the biggest problem isn't what has been removed, but rather years of poor maintenance ruining what was there in the first place. One of the wonderful elements of the original theming was the beautiful landscaping that made the queue feel like an actual park. Over the years most of the trees, plants, and grass have died without being replanted, the once working fountain has deteriorated into an ugly slab of concrete, and the area has just become generally grimier. Also they removed all of the debris and the police car that used to be in the line for some reason when they repainted it yellow. As for Bizarro, the fire effect rarely works and neither does the onboard audio (which almost never functioned properly) at this point. If anything Bizarro in SFNE had more theming removed. The flamethrower was moved down to Texas, the mist rings are almost always deactivated, and I don't think the onboard audio even exists anymore. God forbid if the animatronics in Justice League: Battle For Metropolis ever break down!
  8. Awesome! I also always give consoles a year or two to work out any issues and build up a solid game library. However, I probably won't buy a PS4 until there's a big price drop and/or Metal Gear Solid V comes out. Just don't have the money or time for that right now.
  9. I think bad theming or half-assed theming is far worse than no theming at all and can detract from an experience. I love the elaborate theming of Disney, Universal, and Busch Gardens because they provide a sense of adventure and childlike wonder that makes me feel like I'm not in a theme park, but in another country, another world, etc. However, I also really like the very minimal theming that Cedar Fair and many other companies offer. They make sure the coasters are beautiful structures themselves (Gatekeeper), usually have awesome entrance signs (Hydra: The Revenge, Millennium Force), have cool stations (Gemini), cleverly designed trains (Magnum XL 200, Top Thrill Dragster), and keep the park pretty well maintained. Then there's Six Flags, that often either half asses any attempt at theming or goes over the top and makes it a cheesy, ugly, eye sore (the interior of The Dark Knight coaster). It's a shame because they used to have great taste in theming (look at Batman: The Ride in its early years, The Chiller, Skull Mountain, etc.). And the minute they build themselves a beautiful coaster with a photogenic profile, a perfectly fitting station, and awesome minimalistic theming, they do this to the trains:
  10. Same. I totally forgot you beat me to riding it, as usual I rode Batman, Superman, and Nitro all for the first time on one of the last days of Fright Fest
  11. I agree, Skull Mountain strangely has one of the best first drops of any coaster I've been on because of that airtime in the back row. I think El Toro gives the best consistent airtime, but the most intense pops of air I've had were probably on the Original Cyclone at SFNE and Thunderhawk at Dorney. Millennium Force's airtime moments are some of my favorite moments on any coaster, I only wish there were more. Also gotta shout out Maverick's first drop and the top hat of Stormrunner.
  12. Is anybody here planning on going to the Media Day for Wicked Cyclone? I've never been to a Media Day so I have no idea what the requirements usually are for attendance and what goes on at these events. I've heard that people in ACE are often invited, but I'm not sure if that applies to every park/event. Any info would be very appreciated
  13. Now that I think about it, Six Flags only has the Batman clones, right? Not including crappy SLC's and flying coasters that is. So it makes sense that Cedar Fair, which offers more variety, would beat the competition.
  14. Completely agree with all of you about Wicked Cyclone being the more well rounded coaster. I remember when both rides were announced it seemed like more people were excited about Twisted Colossus. While it's understandable considering it's a more massive project, the layout doesn't interest me apart from the fact that you get to ride both sides. Whereas WC has the potential to be my new #1 coaster, might have even better airtime than El Toro if we're lucky!
  15. Top 5: 1. Great Bear - I didn't see the double dip of the first drop coming at all when I rode it for the first time late at night. The environment, the elongated swooping layout, really the best sense of just purely gliding out of any invert I've ridden. 2. Alpengeist - The tall drop and theming (I love Skiing!) 3. Talon - Great turns! 4. Raptor - love every part except that last turn into the brakes. A little too snappy and a bad ending to a great ride 5. Batman: The Ride - A classic in every way. The smallest in height but probably offers the most intensity. Keep in mind I have not been on Montu or Nemesis yet, as those seem likely to change up my list.
  16. 1. Do you have your videos set to auto-play on your: a. desktop computer and/or b. mobile device? (or if you don't know, just tell us if the videos auto-play or not in your newsfeed.) Nope. 2. Do you regularly "share" content from Facebook "page" (like the TPR page) to your own personal Facebook page? And have you shared something from the TPR page? Not often, unless it's a breaking story or an activist movement I want everyone on my friends list to see. I don't think I've shared a TPR post, but I'll tag enthusiast friends in the comments of a post. 3. What kind of content are you most likely to share? (Videos, Photos, News Stories, etc?) Usually video, sometimes news. Rarely a photo unless it's something really special. 4. How long on average do you watch a video posted to Facebook for? Do you watch the entire video? First 30 seconds? Until you get bored? I'll typically watch the first 15 seconds, if I like the video by that point I'll usually watch the entirety. If I get bored by that point I'll skip around the player to see if anything interesting pops up, and if not, move on. 5. How important are "video thumbnails" to you? (the image you see with the > Play icon before you click to watch a video) Video thumbnails are important, especially for coaster videos. If it's a cool ride you wanna show off the coolest part of the ride, a steep drop, crazy looking inversion, whatever it may be. Also using the Impact font on the video thumbnails might turn some people off if they don't like internet memes. Personally I don't mind it, but when I started seeing that font on TPR thumbnails, memes were the first thing I though of. 6. What do you like/dislike about Facebook? What features do you use the most and which ones annoy you? I hate how addicting it is. It's my own damn fault, not the site, but I end up clicking almost every link and watching every video I see. Also, I wish there was a dislike button. I usually use facebook for uploading pictures and following pages I like. 7. Is there anything that TPR does or doesn't do on Facebook that you think we should be doing more/less of? I think TPR's facebook page is perfect as is. If anything, I think the actual website needs a visual upgrade as it feels rather dated in comparison to modern social media and web design.
  17. Damn! Can't wait! I saw them in 2013 and probably will again next time they're in states.
  18. Love Muse, can't wait to see what they do. I wonder if it will be their more "traditional" apocalyptic/crazy alt rock (Absolution, Black Holes & Revelations, Origin of Symmetry, etc.) or bounce around genres like The 2nd Law (and The Resistance to a lesser extent) did. Either way, I'm looking forward to whatever they do next. If you haven't seen them live, I highly recommend it. I can't even enjoy their recordings as much as I used to, that's how much better they are live!
  19. ^ thanks for the feedback! I don't usually use autotune, I just wanted to experiment with it on this track. For this song I was heavily inspired by Daft Punk's "Something About Us" and Kanye West's "Blood On The Leaves". I just like the juxtaposition of emotional lyrics and robotic voices, but I see how it can overwhelm the message and melody of the song.
  20. Gotta love the toilet guy! I probably won't pick up Majora's Mask 3D since I still have my N64 set up and never actually beat the game. I'm playing A Link To The Past right now, but once I beat it I might try Majora again. The problem is that I always start playing that game but lose interest or get too busy to spend the time needed before finishing it. Then after a few months without touching it I forget what was going on and start over. That has kinda happened to me with every Zelda game though (except for Ocarina of Time).
  21. I think his point is that 45 seconds from the drop to the brake run shouldn't really be considered short for a coaster. There are far too many rides that meet that criteria. While yes, there are plenty of longer coasters, I would consider a 45 second ride average length.
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