Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Final Edition!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby chadster » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:26 am

Meteornotes wrote:Ha! My guess that Bubba Gumps did not serve fresh fish was correct! I demand a shout out to Ice Bat in your next report.

Noted!

Chrisrad wrote:^ I don't think it has to do with just the shrimp being frozen; it's the fact that everything they sell is frozen.

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This. In my little town in central Oklahoma we have two fish markets that fly fresh fish in twice daily. Both have their own restaurants attached and both supply that fish to various sit-down restaurants in town, so it's not hard to get fresh fish, but it requires a chef to design his or her menu around what they can get. My guess with Gumps being a chain, they have a corporate chef to set the menu which requires them to produce/purchase pre-battered shrimp, fish, etc. IMO fresh is better and when I go to a fish/shrimp restaurant I expect fresh, or maybe I'm just a snob :|

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby Jojo19799 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:44 am

^No you're not a snob at all. I have at least three other restaurants that you should go to next month when you visit, and two of them involve fresh seafood and are also located right next to each other.
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby chadster » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:41 am

Awesome!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby sspaz1000 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:41 am

Great couple updates! I need to get to California to get quite a few more credits out there, lol.
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby chadster » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:23 am

^Tune in next week for an opportunity to win a couple of park tickets!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby PAL » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:52 pm

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Castle Park!

Postby chadster » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:35 pm

This weeks adventure comes via Castle Park, a park that Bud Hurlbut built in 1976. Some of the same touches and even attractions that you might have found at Knotts can be found at Castle Park. For instance the Tilt-A-Whirl and Taxi Cabs both originated at Knotts and some of the rides area bears similar architecture. The golf course looks amazing and carries tremendous themeing and was something I didn't have time to experience on my visit, likewise with the arcade.

Unfortunately under Palace management the park appears to be suffering from a few maintenance issues. The park itself was clean but it just seems to be missing the details that you can tell once existed.

Nevertheless I do plan to return to the park as I still need the Demon credit and I want to try out the golf course. And guess what, you can visit too as I'm giving away 2 FREE ride wristbands! All you have to do is donate to my Coasting For Kids page to receive your chance to win!

Here are the details:

$5 - 1 entry
$20 - 5 entries
Contest entry ends Monday May 7, 2012 at Noon CST
Winner chosen via random drawing and will be announced during the May 7th edition of Chadster's Vacation Adventures

Easy right? Not only do you help a great cause, but you could get $50 (at current retail price) worth of tickets!

Now on to the photos, but before we do, a HUGE shout out to Ice Bat for being the first to correctly answer the question posed for last weeks edition, Does Bubba Gumps serve fresh fish? That would be a huge no.
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Welcome to Castle Park, where the gate attendants sweep when bored.
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First up, Screamin' Demon.
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Errrrm, or maybe not...
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I'm guessing those cables might be needed for something... True Story - I've attempted to gain this credit in Jan, Feb, and March of 2012 to no avail.
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So since that's not working, lets fly on over to a different coaster
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Hi Disneyland!
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I thought this was an awesome shot, see, it is possible to put lipstick on a pig.
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So ChrisRad, Fatdaddy, and myself all assumed the position. As you can tell Caesar likes his roller skaters.
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And we rode, as you can tell, the wizard has seen better days.
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Everyone likes a good pus every now and again, well, most everyone.
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The falling star would do no falling on this day.
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Here you can see some of the touches Bud added to the park
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Same over here by the scrambled eggs.
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As well as here.
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I would have walked right past this replica of the liberty bell that Bud commissioned, one of two made, had it not been for Caesar. The other is at the Hall at Knotts.
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They also have a rare 1905 Dentzel Carousel, all hand carved.
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Horseys!
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I couldn't fit it all in
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Licensed from Disney I'm sure.
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This tilt came to the park via Knotts.
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And of course we can't forget about the parks train. Caesar says the old carny running the ride has been at the park forever.
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Also from Knotts are the Taxis
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Fire fire fire fire
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Can anyone tell what's strange about the Sea Dragon?
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Hey look, the YoYo has themeing!
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"How the hell DOES this thing work?"
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A normally strong running ride, their S&S has some major issues, so much so they only load two sides, the sides with the fewest seats despite a rather long line.
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BIG SQUIRT!
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Even though their flume is more or less a standard model, they did a nice job incorporating it into the parks theme
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So back to the Sea Dragon....the sign is on the wrong side!
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and here we come to the last ride of the night.
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In fact, it's Chris' number 1 coaster of all time
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Caesar on the other hand, doesn't rank it very high...

So that's it, hope you enjoyed a quick look at Castle Park, be sure to post your comments and don't forget to enter the ticket giveaway contest!!

Next week: Credit Whore Park, also known as All Star Adventures in Wichita Kansas!
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Castle Park!

Postby sspaz1000 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:56 pm

You guys are such whores :p but then again if it weren't for your awesome whoring skills, we wouldn't see some of these places :)
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Castle Park!

Postby X2coasterfreak » Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:07 pm

Haha, their drop tower is very... interesting. I remember when I was there back in December, they said they could only load two sides because it was "faulty". Also Screamin' Demon was closed at that time as well. ^And yes, this park makes you feel like a total whore :p
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Castle Park!

Postby Chrisrad » Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:10 pm

I enjoyed this report!

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More like, "Is everything tight/secure up there?" Based on the drop tower's maintenance, I don't know if the swings fare much better. :?r


You forgot about the 'incident' at the kiddie coaster.. thankfully Caesar saved the day. ;)
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