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I am pretty sure it was the one in Tempe, but Jimmy Bo would know for sure and hopefully will answer this as he is the one who tipped me off on it and I just followed him there!

 

I just looked at rcdb and it has both of them closed!

 

Peace, Big Mike

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The Fiddlesticks was the one on Elliott Road in Tempe.

 

As for the one at Funtasticks in Tucson...it's taken and all mine!

 

Jimmy "I get 400 of Big Mike's credits for getting him an extra credit at Fiddlesticks" Bo

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Hello Fantastic Friends!!!!!

 

 

I take great honor in presenting to you this next trip report!!!

 

 

I want to say in advance, this was one of my favorite park visits all year long so far

 

 

This report was fast tracked by Big Mike World Headquarters because this place is that darn good!

 

 

I have a GREAT friend named Shane, and I am sure that most of you also know him! Shane is a fellow Theme Park Review member and has the wonderful thread "Shane's Amusement Attic", which I have spent months upon months trying to overtake in the Theme Park Review Standings!

 

I admit that Shanes thread is probably 100 times better and more enjoyable to read than mine, but I was lucky enough to have Shane put his time and interest elsewhere lately, letting The Big Mike Road Show finally overtake him

 

The great part about this story is the reason he was pre-occupied:

 

COWABUNGA BAY WATER PARK!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Ever since I heard about this project and the opening of this wonderful water park, I have counted the days to go visit my friend and his new venture, and last week my dreams came true as I got to spend the afternoon at Cowabunga Bay with my great friend Shawn (packfanlv) and his cool son Shawn Reese!

 

Seeing Shane's dream come true and being there to enjoy it myself was extremely gratifying! I was sooooo happy for him and that his hard work and awesome vision had become a reality!

 

Everyone dreams of owning thier own park, and my good buddy and TPR's own Shane Huish fulfilled his dream!!!

 

 

The Big Mike Road Show 2009 is EXTREMELY PROUD to present to The Valuable Big Mike Readers and everyone on Theme Park Review....

 

 

SHANE'S COWABUNGA BAY WATER PARK!!!

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Thanks Shane, you are one top notch guy and a very near and dear friend!

 

I wish you unlimited success good buddy!

 

 

I hope everyone enjoyed and can find the time to stop in and say hello to Shane at this wonderful water park!

 

 

Peace, Big Mike

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Big Mike would like to thank everyone involved with making this stop on The Road Show one of the best ever!

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After being treated so well by Shane, it is with great honor that Big Mike lets Shane check off Utah on The Official Big Mike Road Show 2009 T-Shirt!

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OMG! It is DELICIOUS!!!!!!

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A Sunburn is ice cream with raspberry gelatin mixed in!

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Just when it looked like our day was done, Shane comes over and offers us his specialty item at the snack bar, A SUN BURN!!!

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"The Big Man in the Big Splash"

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You didn't think that Big Mike would leave without sitting under the World record bucket splash, did you?

 

(Whoop Whoop Big Mike, your butt is looking mighty fine too!)

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..... When kids have smiles as huge as Shawn Reeses and adults have them too!

 

(Whoop Whoop Big Mike, nice flat stomach!)

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Cowabunga is AWESOME!

 

How can you tell???

 

I will show you....

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As you can see, the lazy river is huge!

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The lazy river is enjoyable with or without a raft.

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When you get tired of using all the buckets, riding the slides, and playing in the huge water area, the other side of the park has a great lazy river ride!

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The final result is a faceful of water and endless enjoyment :)

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Key #3 - Use your sports and athletics expertise to time the perfect drop!

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Key #2 - Wait for a prime unsuspecting sucker!

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Key #1 - Fill the bucket as full as possible for maximum damage!

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Always a Big Mike favorite thing to do, waiting to dump water on unsuspecting park visitors!

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EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes water bucket tipping shot!!!

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Big Mike will always go the extra mile to get the super exclusive shots for his Valuable Readers!

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I know a lot of female, and maybe even some male Valuable Big Mike Readers probably just got turned on, but you didn't think Big Mike was just going to take pictures and not enjoy the place, did ya?

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A masterful touch to the park is this brightly colored bug, which shoots water out its trunk!

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The lagoonisfun.com website gang also LOVES Cowabunga!

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Since the park is run so professionally, it brings out fellow TPR readers like Sid (linearinduction)!

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Shane knows from his park visits that he hates messy parks, and Cowabunga Bay is SPOTLESS!!

 

So spotless that when Big Mike filled out his Golden Ticket Awards ballot this year (Big Mike must be somebody to be included lol), Big Mike "wrote in" Cowabunga Bay in the cleanest park catagory!

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Shane's menu and food has been getting rave reviews!

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The Cowabunga Grill!

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There is also a Cowabunga store.

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Cabana rentals are available at Cowabunga.

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Shane shows us some footers for next years toilet bowl style water ride, which may have a hidden Big Mike name in the new theming!

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Here is what the World record bucket dump looks like including the Blast Pumps that Big Mike turned on!

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Just like amusement parks have World record coasters, Shane has the World record here at his own park as you can see he DESTROYS China and Hershey Park!

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Every park has its marque attraction, and Shane has the Cowabunga Splash!

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Everyone can now enjoy the Blast Pumps, thanks to Big Mike!

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Big Mike was overjoyed to help out!

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The Splash Pad Dynomite Blast Pumps are off outside and Shane wants Big Mike to turn them on for all his park attendees!!

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I thank Shane for the spectacular tour and he says wait a minute Big Mike, I have something special for you :)

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This is the MAIN piece of machinery in the park!!!

 

The UV Zapper!!!

 

All water passes through this and is instantly zapped to kill anything and everything possible!

 

It costs a bundle!!!

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I ask how he knows which is which?

 

Shane labeled them all!

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Every element out in the park has its own section downstairs!

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You may think this picture was taken by mistake, but actually I think I may have found Shane's Amusement Attic over there!!! Amazing, amazing thread!

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Shawn and Shawn Reese are amazed at everything.

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All these controls run automatically to make sure everything is fine and dandy outside!

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This is the nuts and bolts of the operation running underneath where everyone else is having fun!

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Shane takes us to the underground part of the tour!

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... as is his son West!

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Shane's son Fisher is also present...

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Like a hidden Mickey, Shane has his name hiding on the plate of this car!

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Shane gives us a VIP backstage tour of the whole park, telling us various interesting details!

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The first thing you see when you enter the park is this fantastic car, which happens to be Shane's Dads old car! The park is full of fantastic theming like this.

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Big Mike is beaming with joy at seeing how totally awesome Shane is looking and offers Shane a super cool Valuable Big Mike Reader Pin, which Shane wears all day long :)

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I also notice this cool picture in the office, notice Shane on the far right!

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While Shawn and Shawn Reese were getting their wristbands, Big Mike notices the UPS sticker that he is in charge of at UPS and explains to the guys all the info on the sticker!

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Shane brought us through the VIP enterance and gave us the ultimate wrist band... the white unlimited!!! FOR FREE TOO!!!!!

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Big Mike was really appreciative of the signs which are now hanging in Big Mike World Headquarters, but this picture is to show you the wonderful view from Cowabunga Bay!

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Just in case people missed the first big sign outside, there was also a smaller one by the enterance gate :)

 

Look who is sneaking up behind The Big Man, it's my buddy Shane!!!

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Big Mike got a little overwhelmed but really appreciated the extra attention all the park folks gave him for being the special guest today!

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Big Mike is welcomed by this tremendously awesome sign upon arriving!

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Everyone wanted to know how the wristbands worked, here is the detailed info for that!

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The hours!

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The prices!

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Here is the address for your GPS systems so you can go visit too!

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The coolest thing EVER to happen to Draper Utah!

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The park is located right off the highway in some prime property!

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A picture for the TPR Park Index, because Shane's water park deserves a spot in it!

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Cowabunga Bay Water Park!

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That was one of the coolest trip reports ever, I hadnt quite seen all the fine details put into CB (that's right it's worthy of an acronym) until this report. The place looks utterly fantastic and is definitely a must go for me whenever I make it back to Utah (sadly that may be a while)

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What a GREAT update!

Thanks for showing us all of that, Big Mike. Shane seems like a very nice guy, and that was super awesome what he did for you. Glad to see everything is working out in this tough economy.

 

I'm not a huge water park person, but when I finally make it back that way, I will definitely have to pay Shane and the Cowabunga Bay Water Park a visit.

I LOVE the old car that used to be his Dad's!

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Fantastic TR. The park looks awesome! My eyes are kind of burning from the bright flashes of white near the end of the TR. LOL

 

Looks like you and Shane are checking out the hot babe when he is checking off the shirt. (I am sure you were).

 

Admission prices and food are VERY reasonable. I actually like the 4 hour option which you do not see much.

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Amazing report and park!

 

The attention to detail at CB is amazing. Almost Disney-esque! It just shows what a difference having an enthusiast at the helm makes.

 

Can't wait to see more TRs from here and of course future expansions.

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I may or may not have snuck that bikini babe into the picture of Big Mike & Shane!

 

As for the park, it was truly awesome. To say this park is clean is an understatement. Shane clearly understands what a park should be and delivers in every way. I can't say enough how much I appreciated Shane and the entire staff's friendliness.

 

Oh and one more thank you is in order. I want to thank Big Mike for including the profile picture of me with that big zit on my cheek. I will have to get back at him with some racy pictures of Big Mike and the girls of Cowabunga Bay.

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Everyone dreams of owning thier own park, and my good buddy and TPR's own Shane Huish fulfilled his dream!!!

 

 

LOL...Let me tell you, it is much more fun in RTC than in real life.

 

Great trip report btw. It was a pleasure having the Big Mike Road Show stop by Cowabunga Bay!

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Great ongoing report Mike. And especially cool on Cowabunga Bay Water Park that Shane owns and runs. But....

 

Holy crap Shane! How much weight have you lost??? I didn't recognize you there beside Mike at first. You look great, but it was still a small shock (bzzzt) seeing you a bit.... slimmer?

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Wow Shane, you should be absolutely proud of your park (as I can tell you are). It's incredible looking.

 

We were going to try and hit Lagoon this summer and this waterpark was on our list too, I didn't even know it was owned by somebody on TPR. That's so cool.

 

Hopefully next summer we'll get out there.

 

I also LOVE the pricing structure you guys have. Makes a LOT of sense.

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Out of all your great updates Big Mike, to quote you, this one "DESTROYS" the others...in a good way.

 

Can't tell you how cool this was to see and all the good vibes radiating from it. Just awesome! Got a kick out of the sign and the fun extras Shane threw in to make the day fun for you. Really happy for him and his success as well as for you and yet another tops report.

 

At some point, I'd love to see a screen cap from the RCT3 build of Cowabunga Bay if that's remotely possible.

 

Hats off to both you guys!

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Hey Friends!!!

 

Just a reminder that Big Mike will be at Great Adventure all day Saturday!!!

 

 

I am bringing a whole slew of TPR friends, so come out and say hello and keep me company when Rick and Gwen go to the concert at night!!

 

 

 

Big Mike promised a Valuable Big Mike Reader he would pass this message along for him!

 

 

Jeff (y2j2003y2j) is looking for some help raising money for a charity event he is attending in a few weeks.

 

 

Big Mike is not too keen on asking people for money and even goes out of his way not to be around when it is time to ask his employees at UPS to contribute to the United Way.....

 

 

So.....

 

 

I will just post the link for everyone to check out and let you decide yourself if you think it is a good idea for you!

 

(I read it over and thought it was a good cause)

 

 

http://www.firstgiving.com/jeffmccabe

 

 

OK, this will probably be it from me for a few days since The Big Mike Hotel will be full of TPR guests for the next 5 days!!

 

Maybe I will squeeze in a report or two, we will have to wait and see!

 

 

See everyone at Great Adventure!

 

 

Peace, Big Mike

 

 

PS - Jeff, feel free to fill everyone in now on what the cause and function is all about!

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Jeff (y2j2003y2j)

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Hello everyone,

 

Thanks Big Mike for posting this and donating to this worthy cause. Coasting for Kids will be an event held at Cedar Point on August 26th. That day in support of our cause and raising money we will be riding Gemini all day from 7am til 5pm. Our goal before the event is to raise as much money as we can before going.

 

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 97,000 families from all 50 states and over 68 countries.

 

Please help out by going to http://www.firstgiving.com/jeffmccabe

 

I know the economic times are tough right now and everything but think about this. The economy will recover and get better, those children won't. Lets give them this so they can enjoy some fun in life because they deserve it.

 

Thank You,

Jeff McCabe

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