I feel like doing this next update in a rather unique way (okay, it's been done before by others, but I've always wanted to do this), this update will be a two-parter (one for each park), written as a trip report from a guest's perspective. Photo-effects will be used to suggest the time of day (as well as weather).
I hope you enjoy this 'unique' update, and that it might entice you to spend a week here in Echenima.
Also, you might want to read (repeat: READ, not look at pretty pics) previous updates (preferably the first page) before reading this one, as I will be making references to the past
, and I know that some of you will either be completely lost or outright ignore these words.
Anyways, let the trip report begin!
--------The following is told from a guest's perspective
Greetings, Theme Park Reviewers! I just came back from the Echenima Resort, and boy do I have lots to say.
First off, arriving at Sacto international was... interesting, though I'll leave that for another time. The MARFlerail monorail shuttles were quite a convenience - I don't see why most people don't use it, I was practically the only person in my car. Seeing the farmland zoom by was nice, too. Shame I couldn't get any god pics.
(insert parts about the Vulpes Hotel and dinner here)
So, I woke up at 6:30 am. Unusually early for me while on vacation. Failing to go back to sleep, I figured I'd grab a quick breakfast and then head on my way to Echenima Park. However, I later found out that transport to either park did not begin for another hour (it was around 7:15 in the morning, and I just finished eating). Upon that time, I realized I left my camera in the room, and quickly rushed to grab it.
I finally entered Echenima Park at around 9:15, a few minutes after it opened. The crowds were surprisingly light. And speaking of lights, I couldn't help but eye the Christmas decorations placed around Davisville:
However, I quickly got a hold of myself, taking advantage of the near-emptiness of the park, boarded a Double-decker bus en route to Britannia, and made a B-line to James Bond. The queue was so empty, that I decided to pause and notice the details placed around the queue.
Bond was outright fun. I loved the sudden speed-up onto a pier before sharp-turning into the warehouse. But of course, the highlight was the gunbarrel finale that led into a sudden drop.
After that, I walked around Britannia, taking in the sights and sounds. Steeplechase had some technical problems, and I didn't care for a filmed tour of the United Kingdom, so I walked back to the square and entered the theatre to see 'A Christmas Carol Musical':
And I was impressed. It was quite a fun and hilarious take on the classic story, and I think I had the songs in my head for much of the day.
When I walked to Harbor Bay, the crowds were starting to pick up. I did manage to enjoy Storm Searchers, as well as the ice rink set up directly across:
Figuring I had my fill of the back part of the park, I took a boat to Davisville and headed to Futura. Along the way, fog suddenly rolled in as if it were a low-level cloud. It was very surreal. Nevertheless, I headed forth to Nova Voyager in the now crowded area:
And boy did I not expect that launch, nor the sudden inversions - I could not see a thing other than a few projections. I'm even not that fond of the onride photo they took.
I noticed the fog was beginning to slowly clear out, and walked along the Futura lake. I was shocked to see Futura Dome closed and empty. Though, I think they may be putting in something new in there. Speaking of new, that time-travel show - Watchtale - had its line stretch a bit outside the entrance:
I skipped it, simply because I had this feeling that the show wasn't worth the wait. I grabbed a quick lunch inside Futura Center, viewed some of the exhibits to pass the time, and headed out to Central Park (with the skies having finally cleared out) to wait for the Christmas parade. I could've sworn the entire park was waiting - there was hardly a spot:
Save for the extremely monotonous soundtrack, the Parade was fun to watch. The show stop felt a bit jarring with the upbeat music, though the dancers and acrobatics made up for it.
It was starting to get dark rather quickly by the time the parade ended (4:15 pm), I headed to the Pacific Northwest (by far my favorite are of the park) and went onto the Railroad, which became a lot more mysterious and, in my opinion, better at night:
Walking to catch one last ride on Pacific Kayaks before they close for the night, I noticed a new, somewhat rustic building along the way. The sign said 'Mystic Sur' (quite an odd name, imo) and a guide was standing right below it stating that the attraction won't open until the new year, while slightly interested, I rushed to the kayaks, only to have them rope-off the enterance right before I enter:
I did not go on Legend of Eureka. It was freezing, and I'm not going on anything that gets me wet in such cold weather. Who would? I could've sworn the people on the ride at the time were crazy.
Needless to say, I would rather have dinner at the Canid Cafe, which I did, and later staked out a spot for Echenima's Night show (I thought they stopped doing these in the fall, but park schedules say otherwise):
Christmas Symphony - as the show was called was beautiful and quite heartwarming. I loved how the pyrotechnics and fountains played around to Wintertime music. And the finale? Well, I'll just leave it to this:
Alas, the park closed as soon as the show ended, and I headed back to the hotel.
On the way, I could've sworn I saw Mr. Folf himself. Though I must have been seeing things given how tired I was.
That should do it for today. I shall be showing the K9-Falliday Studios next.
End Guest Trip report