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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Homeboy23 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:00 pm

Nice photos.

That is one plain putt putt course there.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby larrygator » Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:02 pm

It's not always easy to putt straight when the astroturf is full of leaves and pebbles>
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby the ghost » Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:17 pm

Meteornotes wrote:^Dinoshark was indeed on two weeks ago. It will be shown again in April.

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I fail so hard. I meant sharktopus is supposedly in production, but I got it confused with dinoshark.

^ That miniature golf course looks terrible, however your captions are reallllly funny.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:38 am

the ghost wrote:That miniature golf course looks terrible, however your captions are reallllly funny.


Thanks. I was sort of on the fence as to whether to cover it at all, since I had so little good to say about it. But, hey, I paid for it--I should at least use the opportunity to warn others. :p

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby SharkTums » Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:52 am

Is this mini-golf place off I-275? I'm trying to remember which one this is. If that's the location I believe it used to be a Malibu Grand Prix which was much better.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby PriestofSyrinx » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:06 pm

^ Thats gotta be the place.

It was so much better when it was a Malibu Grand Prix. My dad even still has his license from the Grand Prix track there.

In fact I won a Pinewood Derby Race in that checkered room... =)

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:14 pm

SharkTums wrote:Is this mini-golf place off I-275? I'm trying to remember which one this is. If that's the location I believe it used to be a Malibu Grand Prix which was much better.


Yes, the freeway in the background is I-275. Interesting to hear that it used to be well-regarded.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby monkeyoverlord71 » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:24 am

Never play scrabble with Erik. NEVER!
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:48 pm

^ And on that note....

Gatorland bills itself as "The Alligator Capital of the World and Orlando's Best Half Day Attraction." Admission is normally $22.99 for adults, but they're currently running a $9.99 special for Florida residents. That was all the incentive we needed.
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Yes, Gatorland. Started in 1949 by a man named Owen Godwin, and still privately owned by his descendants.
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A few years back, a fire destroyed the main gift shop and their trademark gator-mouth entrance. Thankfully, they rebuilt it.
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Every sign at Gatorland is full of win.
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Yes, there are alligators (at least two of whom are getting it on).
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...unless you're James Bond.
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I'm not much of a show guy, but you have to make exception for something called "Gator Jumparoo."
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Having said that, the show was just okay. Too much comedy, not enough hand-biting.
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If you're afraid of alligators, don't worry. They have snakes, too!
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This sign only contains three words, yet is redundant. I love it.

The only way it could be better is if it just said, "Danger: Danger."
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Danger: Giant Tortoises!
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The smaller turtles gather for early morning prayer.
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'Gator Gully' contains slides for the kids...
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...as well as this cool-looking water play area...
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...and a gift shop, for purchasing dry clothes and such.
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Alright, where are we?

Ooh, a train!
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So, apparently, there used to be a train, and then there wasn't, but now there is again.
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It's $2.00 to ride the train, but you can ride as many times as you like for that price.
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We like train rides.
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One of the former names for Gatorland was Snake Village, according to the train driver/spieler. "But they changed it because it turns out that people are afraid of snakes."
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After the train ride, we make our way on foot into the jungle.
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More awesome signage.
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This gator once plucked a plane right out of the sky.
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Observation towers make anything more cool.
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Pretty good view.
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Smisty poses with one of the swamp denizens.
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Lots of birds out here, too.
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Time for lunch at Gatorland's finest eatery, Pearl's Smokehouse.
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SeaWorld doesn't let you eat Shamu, and Disney doesn't serve mouse--but at Gatorland, gator is most definitely on the menu.
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I had the gator sampler. The ribs were okay, but the gator nuggets were somehow both dry and fishy.
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Man, how cool would it be to have someplace where you could just build a pathway and call it an attraction?
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Snake.
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Huh. Good thing it stopped there and didn't mess up the pathway.
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Turtle. (Yeah, I know. I've got nothing. Sorry.)
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This, on the other hand, is a random fake snake. I don't know why.
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How about another show?
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This one involves guests coming down and pretending that they can beat a gator in open combat. (Of course, its jaws are bound. Hardly fair.)
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...disturbing image?
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Gatorland also has a petting zoo. No gators in it, though.

And also, today is Thursday.
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Cow.
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Erik's mom makes a new friend in the aviary.
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Much of the front part of Gatorland features covered walkways, which is nice.
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Yes, it's a (mostly) white alligator.
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What's up next, Misty?
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That...doesn't seem right.
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Here, for an extra fee, you can get your photo taken with some critters. Or, if you're cheap, you can just take a photo of some random stranger and post it on TPR.
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The free photo op is more my style.
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"From the gang called Parrots With Attitude!"
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Wanna feed some gators??
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Great! You have fun with that.
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Flamingos. And, um...vultures, I think. (I think there's a dead guy in that canoe back there.)
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This is my favorite sign ever.
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You remember the big Gift Shop Awards show, right? It was on NBC.
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The newly rebuilt and greatly expanded gift shop.
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I was kind of hoping for a "I didn't survive Gatorland" shirt, myself.
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Gatorland. It's practically the reason this thread exists.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby moinab » Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:10 pm

That was pure awesomeness, Erik! The FL resident deal almost makes it worth driving down to Orlando, next week. Still don't think I want to deal with Easter break insanity, though.

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