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Mega trip(v.1) photo trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:34 pm

so once again we hit the road for our annual Mega trip. this year we decided to focus on Florida.

Our original itinerary had us stopping by Six Flags Over Georgia, but Mother Nature had other plans so we had to back out of that one.

Nonetheless, the trip was packed full of parks. this was our itinerary.

1. SeaWorld Orlando
2. Clearwater beach
3. Busch gardens Tampa
4. Boggy creek airboat ride
5. Gatorland
6. 10 days at Disneyworld.

Our first stop is one of my favorite Parks... SeaWorld Orlando. Of course I decided to forget my phone at the rental home, so I wasn't able to grab any pictures.
Key takeaways from my day at SeaWorld...

1. Sesame Street is remarkable! They did a great job with this area. There is no doubt this part of the park is going to be a huge hit with families. there are a lot of interactive activities for the kids, and all the rides that were there before remained only now with a Sesame Street retheme.
2. Mako remains one of my favorite coasters. The air time on this coaster is amazing.
3. we took advantage of the dinner with Shamu package. I highly recommend trying this at least once. The interaction portion of the event was outstanding! And the food was delicious too.
4. Every time I visit this park, it amazes me how well the staff cares for these animals.

On our second day, we decided to make the treck over to Clearwater Beach. We love the beach and visit it every time we're down in Florida ,but for some reason the traffic is always horrendous in that area.

This beach is consistently voted the best beach in America, and for good reason. From the sand to the scenery and the water, it's basically the perfect Beach. There are many restaurants and bars to choose from just out of the beach area.
The sidewalks leading to the beach are lined with entertainers. We caught a father-and-son Duo doing stunts/tricks, and were very entertaining. After the beach we headed back to Disney Springs to have dinner at the Edison. The food was good but it was a bit overpriced. But it's Disney what do you expect? I didn't forget my camera phone today, so here are a few pictures I took.
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We made it!
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Clearwater beach had a decent crowd as spring break was wrapping up.
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The pier has a little shop with souvenirs and snacks. You can also go fishing at the end of the pier.
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After the beach we headed to the Edison at Disney springs for a late dinner.
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The decor inside the Edison is kind of a throwback to the days of Thomas Edison.
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Me and my son decided to split the prime rib. Our whole family are really big foodies ,so you'll notice a lot of pictures of food during this report.
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For dessert we opted for the cheesecake lollipop thingy.
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After dinner, we decided to check out the newly remodeled World of Disney Store. while I do like the more open layout, it just seemed to be lacking that Disney Magic. I'm sure that'll change over time as they add more things.
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I was really digging the throwback shirts.
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This was our rental home for the next 5 days before we checked into Disney.
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Here are a few pictures from inside the house.
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Our room
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Our own private pool
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The resort also had a public water area.
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One last look.
My next update will be from Busch gardens Tampa.
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Re: Mega trip(v.1) photo trip report.

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:15 pm

Edison looks really great. I like the cheesecake lollipop presentation, seems really sciency.
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Postby thrillrider » Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:55 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Edison looks really great. I like the cheesecake lollipop presentation, seems really sciency.


Yea, it was pretty cool. In the evening on weekends, they have live entertainment as well. the food was good(a bit on the steep side for what you get) and the service is great. Our server was the best server we have had in a long time. I definitely recommend checking it out.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:48 pm

Great report! I had no idea they sold Skyway or Jungle Cruise t-shirts.
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Postby thrillrider » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:01 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! I had no idea they sold Skyway or Jungle Cruise t-shirts.


Thank you.
I came really close to buying that skyway shirt.
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Postby bert425 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:16 pm

agreed with you that the throwback shirts are amazing.

nice pics.. . and looks like y'all had a very pleasant rental space for a week or so.


I'm LIVING for this woman in the lower left tho. . . you can read her mind: WHO ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU TAKING MY PICTURE???? LOL

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Postby thrillrider » Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:36 am

bert425 wrote:agreed with you that the throwback shirts are amazing.

nice pics.. . and looks like y'all had a very pleasant rental space for a week or so.


I'm LIVING for this woman in the lower left tho. . . you can read her mind: WHO ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU TAKING MY PICTURE???? LOL

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Lol...yea, just noticed her.
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Postby thrillrider » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:13 pm

so for our third day in Florida, we hit Busch Gardens Tampa. The more I visit this park, the more it grows on me. Today was a perfect day to visit as the crowds were light and the weather was wonderful. We decided against getting fast lane and we opted for the meal plan. The food at this place is awesome! especially the barbecue place in the back of the park near SheiKra.
I've always believed that this park is underrated. They have a great collection of coasters, beautiful scenery, great animal displays,great food, and good staff. All the coasters were up and running except for cheetah, but I do believe it opened later in the day.
We had a wonderful day at the park, but if I had to pick one thing to complain about it would be the parks hours. Tickets weren't necessarily cheap, and they close the park at 7. Add in the $25 parking, and it just seems that they should be open a little later than they are. This in no way affected the great time we had at the park ,in my opinion I just think they should have been open a little longer. there was quite a bit that we didn't have time to get to that we would have been able to get to had they been open another hour or two.

Onto some pictures....
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This is where we will be spending the day.
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First ride of the day was cobras curse. This was a particularly exciting ride this time around, because my son was finally tall enough to ride.
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We have never been thru the standby line, and I'm glad we did this time. There was some great theaming.
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I spy an RMC!
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I was going to join this guy for a salad.
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But opted for the food court instead. The food portions in this place were large, and delicious. I didn't take a picture, but we had an Italian combo plate.
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Cheetah hint was not running. Neither were these guys.
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Scorpion was next on the list. It was also my sons first upside
down coaster of his life. He loved it!
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I bet nobody else has this shot.
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Kumba was running great, and the new paint job really looked good.
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We missed this by a few weeks.
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Its amazing that they got all of this finished in 2 weeks.
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Log flume doing its thing.
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This coaster never disappoints.
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I love the theaming!
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A few years ago, it was converted into a floorless coaster.
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One last look at the splashdown.
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It was feeding time again. We ended up trying everything on the menu. It was all great!
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If you cant see it, that cake had my name all over it.
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After eating, we took the kids over to explore the Sesame Street area. We ran into this guy!
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There is a lot for the kiddos to do in this area.
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I sooo wanted this shirt.
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After letting the kids burn off some energy, we went to check out more animals.
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The kids enjoying the penguins.
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I hit the john on the way out of the park, and noticed the anheiser Busc logo still on the faucet.
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had a great time at the park today, and this right here gives me an excuse to return next summer.
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ran into these guys on the way out of the park which makes a perfect segue and to our next stop. Boggy Creek airboats.
I'll post those pictures tomorrow.
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Postby bert425 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:52 pm

LOL.. glad to see I'm not the only one who takes pics in BGT bathrooms (tho I took pics of the mosaics in the toilets by Montu).

that Cookie Monster shirt is awesome. . I totally would have picked that up!

great pics, and congrats on the kiddo graduating to big-boy coasters - including 1st UpsideDown! Scorpion is a great one for the first time.

Did you get to ride Falcon's Fury?

I paused for a moment at the $25 parking. what??? That's nuts (and Six Flags price gouging level). . .I don't recall us paying for parking at all when we went to BGT a couple of years ago. Hmm. . wonder if it was included in our 4 day passes? (that also included a day at SWO).
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Postby thrillrider » Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:25 pm

bert425 wrote:LOL.. glad to see I'm not the only one who takes pics in BGT bathrooms (tho I took pics of the mosaics in the toilets by Montu).

that Cookie Monster shirt is awesome. . I totally would have picked that up!

great pics, and congrats on the kiddo graduating to big-boy coasters - including 1st UpsideDown! Scorpion is a great one for the first time.

Did you get to ride Falcon's Fury?

I paused for a moment at the $25 parking. what??? That's nuts (and Six Flags price gouging level). . .I don't recall us paying for parking at all when we went to BGT a couple of years ago. Hmm. . wonder if it was included in our 4 day passes? (that also included a day at SWO).


Thank you.
Yea, the parking fee has always been there. They do sell a combo ticket that includes parking, but we didn't have that particular ticket this time around.
Falcon's Fury is a great ride, however we missed out on it this time around.
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