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When I got news that Pavilion was to be closing after this year, I knew I had put off going here for too long and this would be the year I'd go. Not wanting to risk putting it off until later in the summer because of hurricane season, I decided to cram it in with all my other Spring plans. I was originally going to go in late March, but because of a business conference and the risk of the rides not being operating so early in the season, I put it off. Cashing in my voucher from the SoCal trip I didn't make earlier this year, I had a nice direct flight from PHL to MYR. The awesomeness of Tommy and James agreed to meet up with me, and even made it so I didn't need to rent a car. As a bonus, they brought Brian (Homey G) with them so we'd have an even group. I'm sure Tommy will have some histerical pictures and video eventually, but here's my take on the quick trip to Myrt.

 

Part 1: Broadway at the Beach and Grand Prix

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I didn't find it bad at all. I liked the spinning and the restraints weren't too uncomfortable

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The Top Star Tour, the only one in North America

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"I love my Wacky Worm, I just want to touch it all the time"

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Another credit!

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The FEC had a lot more than just Go carts, like bumper boats

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Finally Myrtle Beach Grand Prix opens and Brian gets some action from the Crazy Mouse

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No hotties at Fat Tuesday's either, but luckily no ACErs also!

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Its like noon, so there's no hotties at Senor Frogs yet

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"We're 3 hot guys, lets cruise for persons of our sexual preference!"

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Tommy didn't care too much for beer, especially not the Pale Ale

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It may only be 11:00 in Myrtle Beach, but its 5:00 somewhere!

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Since I got in so early, none of the parks were opened. We decided to start off the day with lunch, and I knew where it'd be at!

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Here's the plane that brought me(and like 64 bags of golf clubs) to da Beach

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As I flew into Myrtle Beach, we landed coming in from the ocean

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Part 2: Family Kingdom

 

I had heard very little about this park, other than that Swamp Fox was a fun woodie. The park had a classic seaside park vibe to it (which is good since that's what it is). The rides were pretty much on level with some other parks, with a nice assortment and good upkeep.

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The pirate ship was running pretty good too

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But you will get wet on this ride, so Dan will not be riding it

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And Jeff can even count it as a coaster!

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Tommy says this is the best log flume ever

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But the drop portion is just beyond lame

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And the beach...

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The tower offers great views of the park...

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Ahh, the Chance SlingShot, offering a nice shot

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Tommy rides John Woo style

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They even have a Sally shooting dark ride here, so they do stay up with new rides

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Here's another credit, another wacky worm, but this one you can't ride if you're over 50 inches tall :(

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Yeah, Sexy Myrtle Beach!

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View of this classic woodie from the first drop

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I am riding by myself, I am truly sad and pathetic (or the park was so empty no one was riding and Tommy needed video)

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Its cool how the lifthill goes towards the ocean. Its also cool how empty the park was so early in the season

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Look at those awesome air gates

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Whoa! Ranked #8, why didn't someone tell me how good this was!?

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Home of the Swamp Fox

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So here's Family Kingdom

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Part 3: Pavilion

 

Finally we stopped at the Pavilion. Its really sad that this park is closing, because the whole place is really nice. They have some really great rides like a rapids ride, great chairswings in a nice location, 2 dark rides, and 3 average coasters. Its on par with any of the Morey piers, and is actually cleaner and the rides look prettier. I can't wait to come back and stay in a condo here

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One final shot of the Hurricane

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From the parking garage, you can get a good look at the whole park. Here you can see the outdoor portion of the HydroSurge rapids ride

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They were really letting people know this was the last season. From billboards to brochures to this shop at the exit of the park

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Oh yeah, they have one of those weird Arrow wild mice too. This one was running really good and brakeless

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They had a log flume named Log Flume too, but this one is not a credit (sorry, Jeff)

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This Dixie Chick was a Rebel!

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Little Eagle has a really odd name, and a really unique layout for a Zierer

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This kiddie coaster adults can ride. woohoo!

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The animatronic outside talked, blinked, and took off his head. The effects inside were just as good

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This is a really good 2 story haunted dark ride

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The band organ was undergoing rehab still, but it looks like my family was involved in its building over in Germany many years ago

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They have a unique calipso that's also really nicely painted and clean

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This is the pavilion that started it all

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More helix pain

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Rampily returning

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The pain in the first helix

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Going down the first drop

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Its basically an out n back with 2 helices at each end. With the Gerstlauer trains, that's not good!

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Hurricane, so pretty, but so violent

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This guy don't look so hot

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And a new version of the Tilt-A-Whirl, with clean shiny cars and all

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They've got a similar Sally ride to Family Kingdom

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These swings were loads of fun and have a nice location right in the middle of the park on a podium

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Here we is at da Pavilion

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Part 4: Broadway again

 

Finally we was hungry for dinner so we's went back to Broadway.

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It wasn't too bad, much better than a clam

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Tommy enjoyed some escargot, which I never had before

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It was pretty good

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For an appetizer I tried the Fried Green Tomatoes

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"Awwwwwk, I'm Brian Fellows"

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So we went to the Key West Grill so everyone could get some seafoods

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I didn't really feel like eating at the Luxor Hard Rock Cafe today

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LOL, Brian Fellows! I am almost done with the pics also. Too bad you did not get pics of the stalkers. Great update. I am going to try and go back again before the end of the season to get some more pics and video.

 

BTW Looks like I have most of the "Derek buzz'd by noon" pics, so I will be posting those soon.

 

Tommy

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