^ I honestly don't/didn't remember much of Dinosaur Park, except the memory of that "discussion" I had with a ride op concerning my age (59) and the "age limit" (being 60) to ride Dinoconda. I even had proof on me I was under the limit, but for a while he wasn't buying it. Then, as if by Dinosaur Magik (ha), he let me on, your pic shows me there, still looking po'd about it, LOL!
And once was honestly enough for me. I am still not sold on these 4Ds, but also having never ridden the original at SFMM, how can I really compare? Both this one and Fuji-Q's were/are rough to me and more vibration in them, than I ever wanted in any coaster.
Thanks for taking so many pix of the park, Chuck. And nope - still don't remember much of it, lol
There I am, second row, hands together, still fuming over the 'age discussion' with *(&^%$@# ride op. The ride, unfort. did not help in easing my...tension, lol.
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^I was pleasantly surprised by X2 at Magic Mountain, Bill. It's not something I could "marathon," but it was much more fun than I expected. Dinoconda had a "feel" similar to X2 (Fuji Q's 4D, however, was wretched).
Chapter 15: Yes! More Crazy Mice!--Whorin' the Credits in Guangdong You have probably sensed something of a pattern here: Visits to major parks are bracketed by fast-paced days of hitting little parks and credits scattered around a city or province. This is how TPR rolls, folks.
Robb did have to rearrange the schedule a bit, thanks to a cancelled flight. We were sitting there in an airport (I don't even recall the name of the city now), waiting to board the last flight to Guangdong (the name sounds somewhat "dirty"). The boarding time slipped by, people milled around the gate, but nothing happened. So, we sat and waited until, finally and with no announcement, the red "Cancelled" message on the gate sign was illuminated.
At this point, Chinese Hell broke loose. Angry, shouting Chinese people crowded the gate attendants, some of whom simply gave up and walked away. It all looked pretty hopeless, but Robb called the Chinese tour company and fixed it for us to spend the night at a local hotel and catch the earliest flight for Guangzhou the next day . So, in the end thanks to Robb's diligence, all was well. He had to change the schedule a bit the next day, too, by switching our filming session at Chimelong Paradise. My thanks to Robb for keeping a cool head and making sure everything went as smoothly as possible--we made it to Guangdong the next day without any issues.
And this is where we encountered our newest guide: Jack. This fellow actually started out reasonably well, but when we got to Shenzen, his entire world collapsed. More on this later, but for now, let's say that he and the bus driver got into some rather amusing arguments (even if I couldn't understand a word they were saying).
So, let's ramble around Guangdong and Guangzhou Province, shall we? Jack knows a lot about the area, and he's more than willing to share that knowledge with you. Boy, did he share it. Whether you wanted it or not.
Pick out the happy Brit in this morning airport photo.
We were all blown away by the bus's high-tech sound system!
This was not our hotel in Guangdong, but it is an excellent example of Chinese prowess in coming up with names.
Welcome to the Guangzhou Zoological Garden. They were setting up for some sort of flower festival.
This looks like an enormous version of one of those "seed bells" that people put in birdcages.
Never step barefoot on sharp, pointy things. This is always sound advice.
Charlie Chaplin impersonators are allowed in this area.
This zoo has a Mega-Croc! Excellent!
It also has some credits--one with fully legal, licensed Disney theming (of course).
This is the Little Worm Train.
I doubt that "Guangdong" is Chinese for "little worm."
They have some woodland creatures to carry through the whole "Snow White" theme--such as it was.
Scott! Get excited!
Forest Flying Mouse--which although it invokes feelings of deja vu, should not be confused with "Deja Vu."
OK, I don't want to know what's in this pitcher--or whether it's being used to dispense or accept fluids.
Yep--looks rather familiar.
"The Pink Mouse of Power is mine!"
The Smiling Dutchman rides again!
Next up: Tianhe Park. I'm reasonably sure of this. I could be wrong.
Hmm--my finely honed theme-park-geek instincts tell me that there may be a kiddie park here. Call it, a hunch.
Robb is going to make the Fruit Worm Coaster a star.
Oh boy! Golden Horse strikes again! I'm sure they sold a mess of these at IAAPA . . . oh, wait.
It just wouldn't be a Chinese park without one of these beauties--right, gents?
"You know, I've really lost track of how many of these we've ridden. How about you?"
And, yes, there is a Sliding Dragon. I know you're shocked, but it's true!
"I am the Chinese God of Sheer Terror! I hope you're wearing your adult diapers, because you will need them! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!"
"Yes! A spider! Always terrifying! Better wring out your shorts!"
"A dinosaur! The one you call Dave Thomas would approve! But this is nothing compared to the terror that is to come!"
"It's a mask and a sheet! On a stick! Bwa-ha-ha-ha!"
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