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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby DerekRx » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:04 pm

That's not Robin, that's Nightwing! But who really cares, more pics of Wanda Maximoff, please!
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:24 pm

Hey, guess what? We bought a new camera. And I know just the thing to test it out on!

Hollywood Drive-In Golf
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Sure, other people have covered this already. But hey, it's us.
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By mini golf standards, this place ain't cheap. For Misty and I to play both courses set me back $50--and that was after a 10% Universal Orlando pass-holder discount.
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We decided to start with the sci-fi course: Invaders From Planet Putt.
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Both courses are cleverly wedged beneath and to either side of the (pre-existing) bridge that connects the parking garages with CityWalk.
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Ah, putting through an outhouse really takes me back to our old Pigeon Forge mini golfing days!
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This place can get quite crowded, from what I gather. But we went at 8:20am on a Sunday and pretty much had the place to ourselves.
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The courses themselves are quite nice, though the individual holes are a bit on the less-challenging side. I suspect this was on purpose, though--for the sake of capacity.
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A subtle reference to Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls? I choose to believe yes.
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No to get too far ahead of myself, but I do prefer the sci-fi course to the horror one.
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I guess I should tell some jokes. People like these things for the jokes, right?
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"Knock-knock." - "Who's there?" - "A giant robot with a golfball sucking arm!"
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Rather close to the road.
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The UFO is really cool, in that it has a door. (Hey, little things amuse me.)
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Not sure why they skipped the super nova thing.
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Hey, it's me! Yes, I was there!
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The best part of this photo is the E-stop on the left.
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The second course--or, um, first. Well, in any case, the other course--is The Haunting of Ghostly Greens.
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A standard idea, but well executed.
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Also, I'm currently ill. So, there's that.
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Smisty celebrates a hole-in-one.
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Haunty Python. There, that's a better joke than I would have made anyway.
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The best part of this photo is the people watching from the bridge.
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Anyway, so we got a new camera. It's a bit bulkier than what we're used to, but we like it.
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So, yeah, it's a good addition for Universal Orlando. I'm probably going to go to bed once I'm finished with this.
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This is a cool concept. Needs more Jack Nicholson, though.
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This does not appear to make sense.
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A subtle reference to Harry Potter? I choose to believe no.
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Big finish.
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The "Laballatory."
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It's 3:00pm. I'm delirious. Good night.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Brandy524 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:14 pm

Looks like a nice course. Hope you get to feeling better!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby speedmetal » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:26 pm

The mini golf was nice, I would have liked the holes to be more challenging but I'm picky. The Haunted side is the ADA side (for people who care) it is also the side where you may get slightly wet. I preferred the space theme mainly because I'm a nerd. In the Smisty scoring chart I give it an okay rating.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby sspaz1000 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:28 pm

It looks completely different to the night time TR's I've seen so far. But it still looks decent enough to keep people entertained, and moving through.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby STR8FXXXINEDGE » Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:38 pm

Yayyy, glad to see you're back in action! Even though other people have done TR's of Hollywood Drive-In Golf , I seem to see new things in each persons TR, just like I did yours. I too am a mini-golf nerd, and I can't wait to check this out for myself.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby WFChris » Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:21 am

I am loving these major theme park miniature golf courses (and your thread of course!). Do you have any plans to visit Fantasia Gardens or Fantasia Fairways? I'd be excited to see a report from you guys visiting those courses, particularly the Fairways.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby speedmetal » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:23 pm

WFChris wrote:I am loving these major theme park miniature golf courses (and your thread of course!). Do you have any plans to visit Fantasia Gardens or Fantasia Fairways? I'd be excited to see a report from you guys visiting those courses, particularly the Fairways.

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Oh... the Fairways. :omg: The hardest mini golf I've ever played.

We've played those courses, I think we need more pics of the Fairways before doing a report. My favorite mini golf for Disney is the Winter Summerland.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Tue May 01, 2012 11:42 am

On April 29, 2012, we visited the University of Central Florida. Now, normally, school isn't my thing. But, in this case, I made an exception....

The Festival of Chocolate
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Last year, the Festival of Chocolate was held at the Orlando Science Center. This year, it moved to the UCF Arena.
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Blah blah, history.
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Now we're talking!
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Cupcakes could be said to have been present.
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Face painting seemed interesting...
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...but I figured I'd just rub chocolate all over myself instead.
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Sure, I'll try some crazy Japanese stuff.
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But I'm gonna pass on the "armpit fudge," thanks.
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Awesome! Um...who won first place?
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Wait, what? Oh...! Well, isn't that just precious....
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This stuff tasted great as a sample on a pretzel. So we bought a bottle. Now, if only I cooked....
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Either auto-correct just owned these guys, or those are some seriously messed up apples.
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This guy's name is Michael Anthony Cakes. So, really, it's no surprise that all of his stuff (that we tried) was amazing.
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Did you know that in most places you can acquire a liquid nitrogen tank for less than two bags of pot?
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Hey, who wants to dance about architecture?!
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Yes, they were cute--but they didn't even take the bones out!
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These were tasty.

The brownie brittle, you pervs!
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"Maybe we should have brought some girls. Or, you know, like, chocolate."
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Live cake decorating!

I'm just kidding. I didn't really care.
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Allegedly, all of those things are made from chocolate. Except the refrigerators. Actually, I don't really know that. They could be.
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The chocolate game show thing was entertaining.

No, really, it was. I'm not being ironic, I swear.
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Misty shows off her chopstick skills. (At last, all that sushi eating pays off!)
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That almost seems cruel. Luckily, I hate children.
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Yay, adults only! (Too bad it's boring.)
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Chocolate fashion. There were lots of these, but this was the only one...unwrapable.
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Some people have mullets. Some people *own* mullets.
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Exit through the gift shop.
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We hoped you enjoyed the festival. Now, feel guilty about it!
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Brandy524 » Tue May 01, 2012 1:27 pm

Wow, a chocolate festival that actually has chocolate! Who'd have ever thought of that! Not the people in Alabama, unfortunately. Glad your chocolate festival actually had chocolate to partake of. Looks delicious!

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