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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby gisco » Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:26 pm

Wow, Just Wow!

I've gone pantless!
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Postby cfc » Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:28 pm

Thank you for proving that my lack of disappointment in passing by the U.S. Astronauts Hall of Fame last Sunday was well founded.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Meteornotes » Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:39 pm

You guys are lucky to have escaped with your lives...

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:44 pm

cfc wrote:Thank you for proving that my lack of disappointment in passing by the U.S. Astronauts Hall of Fame last Sunday was well founded.


Well, it's not less good than the rest of Kennedy Space Center....
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby ernierocker » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:54 pm

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I love that there is actually a golf ball in there.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby gisco » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:38 am

Looks like Erik's!

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Postby beatle11 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:31 am

That is really scary looking.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby PriestofSyrinx » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:18 pm

There are some parts of St. Augustine that are just... scarry. And not "OMG THESE PIRATES ARE SO SCARY!!!!1!!" But more like "OMG IM A GONNA GET MUGGED BY THESE PIRATES"
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:02 am

There are two ways of assessing Legoland Florida. If compared directly to Central Florida's theme park giants--Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld/Busch Gardens--Legoland is a bit small and rough around the edges. On the other hand, if viewed strictly as a kids park, then it must be said that Legoland Florida is the best kids park ever.

As someone who hasn't played with Lego in 30 years, my first thought when I saw how the park was divided up, was that there were too many areas, and that they didn't make a whole lot of sense in relation to one another. It was only once I saw today's Lego themed product lines that the whole thing started to make sense to me.

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Lego Kingdoms
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In my opinion, Lego Kingdoms is the best, most well-themed area of Legoland Florida.
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The first thing we come to upon entering the gates is a fun little flat ride by the name of Merlin's Challenge. I honestly don't know who built the thing or what its technical name is, but it's sort of halfway between a Himalaya and one of those old turtle rides.
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Ooh, a new credit! Er...kind of.
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Well, it's new for Smisty, anyway.
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Basically, Legoland took Cypress Gardens' existing Vekoma roller skater, got themselves some new trains, and and added a dark ride section to the beginning of it.
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The storyline seems to be that you're, um, going through a castle.
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With the usual drunken monk debauchery.
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Then Merlin puts an end to the fighting with a magic computer.
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Unfortunately, this releases a dragon!
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But it's okay, because Merlin has bats!
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The transition from the dark ride section to the lift hill is very slow and uneventful, and there's really no theming during the coaster part--but still, it's a dark ride and a fun little roller coaster, so I'm really not complaining.
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Plus, Legoland's very relaxed when it comes to things like on-ride photography.
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Unfortunately, they're also very relaxed when it comes to things like directional signage--which makes exiting The Dragon an adventure unto itself.
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Giftshop Battle Princess
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Here, we see a real princess getting two little boys to fight over her.
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The only eatery in the Kingdoms section of the park is Castle Burger.
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And while the burgers are actually pretty tasty, I can't say that I'm particularly impressed with Legoland's food overall.
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I just report what I see.
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Lego pig.

(Look, *you* come up with a better caption!)
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Royal Joust is one of the few attractions at Legoland Florida that adults are not allowed to ride.
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Which is a shame, since it looks kind of fun.
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Still, it's hard to complain since there are only two or three things in the entire park that adults can't do. (And there's none of this "adults must have a child" nonsense. Either you can or you can't. And mostly, you can.)
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The last attraction in Lego Kingdoms is The Forestmen's Hideout.
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It's a play area, with bridges and climby things.
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Wait, how did I get up here?? Oh well, guess I'll just have to slide down. Wheee.
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Oh, bother. Now I seem to inexplicably find my self on the rope and block contraption. Will my perplexity never cease??
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"Raven" is the name of our car. So...okay, I guess that makes sense.
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I'm not sure why these Lego wolves are in a wooden cage. None of the other Lego creatures, dangerous or not, are imprisoned.
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Good sir! Good sir! The wolves are escaping! Oh, alas!
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Hark, a means of escape!

Oh, alright, I'm done.
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The princess doubts my self-photo-taking skills. Or, she's just disgusted by us. Hard to say. We certainly aren't disgusted with Legoland, though. In fact, we quite love it. Especially Lego Kingdoms.

As always, thanks for reading. Now comment.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:08 am

Hey, look at that: I control the LINK feature. Who knew? :p
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