Alrighty, time for conclusion!
To remind you all for this update: 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 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.
And now, without further ado, here's part two of the report - the K9-Falliday Studios.
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I woke up slightly later (by roughly an hour) the following day, slowing getting into my vacation sleep pattern, lol.
Anyways, I went to the lobby to grab some maps and schedules for K9-Falliday Studios, as well as request a Vulpes Wine Tour (I hear they give out free tastings at the end). To my surprise, there was an opening for the Wine Tour on the next day, and I gladly reserved that spot. As for the parks, there were signs posting today's schedules for both parks:<--==Echenima Resort==-->Operating hours and schedules for December 17, 2010:Echenima Park-Hours-
9:00 AM -10:00 PM-Entertainment-
The Echenima Christmas Parade (on the streets of Echenima) - 4:00 PM
Christmas Symphony (on and above Echenima Lagoon) - 9:35 PMNo attractions closed todayK9-Falliday StudiosDue to a special event, K9-Falliday Studios will end its normal operations at 4:00 PM today. We apologize for the inconvenience. Park will open today at 8:30 AM-Entertainment-
K9 Holiday Parade (Union Station to Eastdoor) - 11:40 AM
Winter Wonderland (Crossroads hub stage) - 3:00 PMNo attractions closed todayFilming will take place today on the lot
Interesting, I wonder what the event may be...
Around 8:30-ish (blame my slow, lax, wake-up routine), I grabbed a monorail ride to the Studios. While it was fast, it quickly became apparent how much of the resort was still
farmland with trees haphazardly planted around in an attempt to cover it up.
I arrived at the park at around 8:50, and quickly caught by the illusion of light crowds, as well as the nice landscaping of the entrance plaza:
Indeed. I fell in love with the entrance of the Studios - there's just something of beauty to the Union Station-inspired facade. Either that, or maybe I was just carried away by the classic movie soundtracks playing in the background:
Once I entered, however, I started to doubt that the park was all that empty, but I love the little Christmas decorations that were put up:
In fact, it became rather apparent that the park was, indeed, crowded so early in the day:
Surprisingly, though, the park only looked crowded at the crossroads hub. My guess was that many guests were just clueless on where to go. As for me, I made a beeline to the Twist in a Tale in the K9 Village area, and it was pretty well-themed for a twister ride:
Right next door was a rather surprising ride - Massle's Trek. Sure, it may be a dark ride, but I seriously was not expecting it to be trackless. I'd say it's one of the don't-miss rides in the park:
After spending an hour going on the K9 Village dark rides, I went made wise choice of an early lunch (10:40 AM) at a popular restaurant - the Bendigo Grill. I picked an outdoor table not only because I like the open-air, but also because the patio gives a good view of the nearby construction:
And out of the blue, this appeared:
Amazing! It looks like the area is bound to open anytime soon!
Moving on, I headed over to Tinseltown:
Not bad. I'd say the highlight attraction was Movie Magic. I'm not gonna say why, though, so as to not spoil the show.
Another highlight was Mystique of Highland:
It wasn't listed on the maps, so it probably in soft opening. But the special effects for this coaster were pretty amazing.
'tis a shame a broke down towards the end of the ride, though...
Next door was another thrilling ride - Eastdoor - which also wins an award for best facade with fountains in my book:
Hot set was.... alright, though you gotta give MARF credit for pulling off a well-themed wild mouse:
The Falliday Studio tour was fun and interesting. It's great to see another studio that actually functions. Though, I doubt I saw any filming going on despite what that hotel sign stated:
A highlight, though, was when we went past the park's parade storage building. I think I saw a few floats that appear to be made specifically for the night:
I wonder if they're for the event later tonight.
Noticing the rush of time (2:30), I figured I look at the film experience walkthrough. Three words about that one: waste of time.
On a side note, I could've sworn the 'Filming today' board never changed its listings in months - it still
show the same titles as it did on opening day:
Seeing the crowds pick up, around the crossroads hub once more, I curiously ran there, only to remember about the show. I quickly grabbed a seat and enjoyed a little bit of the Winter Wonderland, with very catchy music:
The show was like a cross between a typical theme park show and an extreme sports show. Quite entertaining, imo.
Alas, half-an-hour after the show, the park announced it was closing due to a special event, and we were ushered out. I did get a good picture of Hollywood Hill on my way out:
Later that night, while surfing the channels, I found out on the 'LiveParkCam' channel that the 'event' was just mere show and parade testing. I feel ripped off!
Anyways, that should do it. Until next time, seeya!
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