Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Final Edition!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Ghetto Kmart Carnival!

Postby SuperShawn » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:01 am

Thanks for setting the 2012 tone with a ghetto parking lot carnival Chad! Really says a lot of what this year will bring :p
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Ghetto Kmart Carnival!

Postby RoCo » Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:43 pm

Wow, you guys are braver men than I. Impressive.

Here's a conversation I just imagined:

"I think we should theme our coaster. Granted, we aren't Disney or anything, but let's try to step up our game alittle, you know? There's no reason we can't deliver on some guest expectations for quality amusements."

"Great idea, sure, why not? Let's do a superhero theme."

"How about Captain America? Nice and patriotic, and fun for the kids."

"I love it; let's do it. Get some banners made and we can put the shield on the front of the train."

"What about the Gravitron?"

"Duct tape."
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Ghetto Kmart Carnival!

Postby chadster » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:12 pm

simon8899 wrote:If you wanna get a good Himalaya ride come over to one of our carnivals.

In the US they do all things wrong with them. Frist off they run them far too slow - and then all the "Dont rock the cars" and "Dont raise your arms" and "No sunglasses onride".

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This is the correct speed to handle such a ride - note how far the gondolas swing up!

The US has great coasters - but I always have to refrain myself on "commenting" to the ride-ops about their operations and rules as I dont wanna get kicked from the parks.... ;)


You are right, the US has managed to screw up the operation of these amazing rides something terrible. I must get to Germany, screw the coasters, I want to ride flats ran as they should be ran!

Every now and again I come across a small family park that will run their's on kill. Our now defunt park had an original Reverchon Himalaya that would take your breath away.


And thanks guys for the comments, it feels good to be back, even if I'm starting out in the ghetto! Remember, Duct tape fixes EVERYTHING! :lol:

For those going to WCB, see you soon! For those not, well, shame on you! Back next week with a new installment, but will it be ghetto, semi-ghetto, or full of Anton? You'll have to tune in to find out!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Ghetto Kmart Carnival!

Postby x2isawesome » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:57 pm

Gotta love gheto iffy looking carnivals set up in parking lots. There is nothing on this earth a little duct tape can't handle.
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Ghetto Kmart Carnival!

Postby MayTheGForceBeWithYou » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:12 pm

simon8899 wrote:If you wanna get a good Himalaya ride come over to one of our carnivals.

In the US they do all things wrong with them. Frist off they run them far too slow - and then all the "Dont rock the cars" and "Dont raise your arms" and "No sunglasses onride".

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This is the correct speed to handle such a ride - note how far the gondolas swing up!

The US has great coasters - but I always have to refrain myself on "commenting" to the ride-ops about their operations and rules as I dont wanna get kicked from the parks.... ;)

Which is why I want to go to Germany so freaking badly... :lover:
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Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Adventure City!

Postby chadster » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:16 pm

This weeks adventure comes from a park that I visited last month and returned to yesterday with a few friends, Adventure City near Knotts Berry Farm in Anaheim, California.

I was instantly impressed with the friendliness of all of the staff, the cleanliness of the park, as well as the maintenance of the park. With a target market of families with smaller children, the detail given to the Freeway Coaster Miler kiddie coaster is well beyond anything that many of the corporate parks give to theirs, the birthday areas were popular and extremely busy as was a show that was going on. Keeping in mind most of the kids in the park were under 10, parents seemed to be respectful and were keeping watch on their children, something I didn't experience at the park with a Mouse.

Overall I give this park 4.5 of 5 stars for it's market segment. As in all business, the staff makes the park, and the staff all seemed to happy and that rubs off to the customers. A huge shout out and thank you to the ladies in the ticket office for all of their hospitality! I would highly encourage those living in SoCal with younger children to hold your birthday parties here, you wont be disappointed.

One important note. The park has changed its admittance policy. Unless you have a kid, you will need your CTPR card to gain admission to the park which will also get you a special discount.
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Whoohoo! We have arrived! Credits!
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Once inside the park we hung a left where a well stocked arcade was found.
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Past that is a picnic area and stage. Not sure what show was going on, but it seemed to be very popular.
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Just past the picnic area were a few smaller rides like a school bus and do it yourself track cars. Past those, we hung a right...
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Where we found the Freeway Coaster! Don't be ashamed guys, you know you're gonna like it.
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"Is this the way to the 405?"
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A bunch of happy and pathetic people.
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Did I mention this was my second trip here? Last time I came right before closing and missed Tree Top Racer, so, because I can, I'm posting a few night time pictures.
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Here is the business end of the ride.
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Down the hatch
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Seriously, this ride has some great theming going on. In fact, I'd say it rivals the theme on a certain rock-n-roll coaster at WDW
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R.D., Cassandra, and Chris didn't seem too ashamed to ride.
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Want to go again you say? OK!
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And we're done.
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I suppose this is where we should head next. However....
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before we get there we stopped by to look at a few other attractions. Amazing how it turned dark all of a sudden.
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They had a very nice carousel as well.
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Amazing, its light out again. Birthday kids get to drive the train.
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They also had a cool petting zoo.

Moo.
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They have thought of everything.
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I like turtles.
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Drop tower with big boy seats.
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Yuuuuup!
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Here is the ride at night.
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Here is the new paint scheme at night (sorry, a little blurry I know, but at night this thing looks amazing!)
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It's ok Chris, hold your head high and proud. Riding coasters in a kiddie park is nothing to be ashamed about.
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I have no shame.
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This would be the new paint scheme in the day
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And a full view, for those that need to see a picture of the full ride.
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Nerd Shot!
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Vehicle mug shot, profile view.
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Vehicle mug shot, head on.
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Noted!
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Ubber Nerd Shot!
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Cassandra is super excited to ride! Just don't put your hands up!
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Full view, different angle.
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Dude, your gonna love it.
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Up Up and Awayyyyyyyyy!
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Really smooth, really fun.
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Ariel of the park.
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Zig zagging away
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Head Chopper!
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On the way out of the park we noticed another well themed attraction in the form of electric track cars.
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And here they are...at night.
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And with that, we were ready to go, two credits richer and a fond appreciation for the park, it's employees, and high level of respect for running a business well and catering to a market at a reasonable price.

Thanks Adventure City for your hospitality!
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Adventure City!

Postby Chrisrad » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:00 am

Pictures came out great! Awesome little park!


Now let's see those Castle park pictures of the Tilt-o-whirl ;)
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Adventure City!

Postby fatdaddy » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:30 am

So glad the deal to knock that park down and put up condos fell through. Its a great park for kid and Tree Top Racers is more than just another mouse, its no Captain America, but ...
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Adventure City!

Postby sspaz1000 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:16 am

Adventure city looks adorable. Glad to see you guys had a good time!
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Adventure City!

Postby cas93 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:55 am

Tree Top Racers was pretty fun to ride, haha. I'm still impressed on how the park was, with the friendliness and just how the park was in general.

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