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Photo TR: Wild Aventures in Valdosta, Georgia

Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:03 pm

Hello there!

1st stop: Vidalia, Georgia.
2nd: Wild Adventures!
3rd: Savannah, Georgia.
4th: Washington D.C.
5th: New York City
6th: Syracuse, NY.
7th: Colombus, Ohio.

So over my Christmas break, we went on a vacation, “we” being myself, my mom, and one of her best friends. The Friday that I got off of break, we left for Georgia. We drove there. That’s a veeeeeeeeeeeeery long drive! It took us about 26 hours total. We were in Georgia for one week visiting my mom’s friends family. While there, we went to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, and went to eat at Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons, which was reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally good!

Next Saturday, we went to D.C. We drove past Kings Dominion. I305 was visible from the interstate, which with all the trees, you could see nothing but the Eiffel tower and I305. It is HUGE.

In D.C., we saw all the sites. It was a lot of fun. No, the Obamas weren’t there. They were in Hawaii. I love photography, so this was a ton of fun for me! The next day, we were going to go to New York City leaving at 6 a.m., but I woke up at about 4 a.m. with the sorest throat every very achy, and one of the worst fevers my mom said that I’ve had. She said it was the warmest she’s ever felt me be. We thought it was strep because I get that a lot, but it wasn’t. At 4 a.m., no doctor’s office is open, so we had to go to the ER. Ugh. It was laryngitis, but we got some medication and we were on our way. We ended up leaving D.C. at about 10 a.m.
We stayed in Jersey City and took the train to NYC. The first thing we did was walk around a bit, then went to TKTS. TKTS is a thingymajig in Times Square which gives huge discounts to Broadway shows, day-of only. The discount is usually 50%. The show we wanted to most see was Shrek: The Musical. I was hoping and praying we could see it. We waited over an HOUR in line in the BELOW freezing New York cold to hopefully get tickets to *A* show. We got to the front of the line and got the last THREE OF FOUR tickets!!! I was so happy! We didn’t get to sit together, but that was fine. Why? 2nd, 3rd, and 5th row seats. HOW FREAKING AMAZING IS THAT??? For those of you who don’t know, Shrek had its last run on Broadway a couple Sundays ago, January 3rd. This was one of the big reasons I wanted to see it.

A lot of people in the Wichita school district are going on a trip to NYC that happens every 2 years. About 7 of the shows they planned on seeing have closed. Shrek being one of them. So some people were mad at me that I got to see it.

SHREK WAS AMAZING. That’s all I have to say. Also, my dream is to be a Broadway performer. Music theater is my passion. The next day in NYC was very windy, but we got to see what we wanted and do some shopping.

We stayed in Syracuse for a few days. Nothing to report there.

We stayed in Colombus, Ohio for the night on our way home. My mom has friends there. We are going back this summer and I’ll be going to Kings Island. Possibly Cedar Point. Anyways, onto what you’re here to see, Wild Adventures!!!

This is the theme park where Zombieland was filmed.

We got to the park about 10 minutes before opening. There were maybe 20 cars in the parking lot or so?? Hardly ANYBODY. Like most big parks, they take your picture when you enter. They also do it throughout the park, even in the loading stations for some rides! It was really great! But anyways, hardly anyone was there. All day. The place was freaking deserted.

Boomerang: This was our first ride of the day. We first rode in the front. Not butter smooth, but it was still smooth enough. Then we rode in the back, mind you that we are the only people on this ride, let alone that entire section of the park. Back was smooth as well. I can’t ride Boomerangs a lot because the high g-forces give me a major headache. I was a little disappointed at how close the Tiger exhibit was to the Boomerang. It was RIGHT next to it. I’m sure the tigers get annoyed a lot.
Cheetah: Closed for that one million dollar renovation. WOW is that thing torn up! Sections of track are missing in places. I’ll have some pictures. I really wanted to ride it, but oh well.

Gold Rush: This coaster, I learned a couple of days ago, was removed to make way for the 3 new rides for 2010.

Space Shot: Closed :(

Fiesta Express: They let us ride :D This is a Zamperla mini-mouse. My mom actually got scared on this. Oh my gosh. That was embarrassing, BUT we were the only ones in that whole half of the park, so no one saw!

Hangman: My second SLC. Nice! We rode in the front because there was no wait, obviously. SMOOTH!!! Yes, a smooth SLC!!! So much fun! We wanted to ride again, but they made us go all the way around through the exit and back through the entrance. I know this is policy, but really? There’s no one even in this area of the park! We’re the only ones here! Oh well. Later, they let us stay on. Anyways, because no one was there, I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the wheels and what not. The next time, we rode in the back. It wasn’t as smooth. It was still good though. Front seat, FTW!

Swamp Thing (Vekoma Junior suspended): This thing goes directly over an alligator exhibit. LIVE alligator. Poor guy :( I’m sure things have dropped on him before. This thing was a little rough. You go around twice. It was alright. Nothing special, but good for a family coaster!
Bug Out: Fun little family coaster!

Ant Farm Express: Fun kiddie coaster. Actually, pretty intense for such a small ride!

I honestly don’t think this place is going to last. It is a great place, it really is, but there’s no one there! It’s several miles off of the interstate in literally the middle of nowhere. It just snuck up on us. It was kind of strange, actually. Location is awful for business.

They had a Safari Train, which was just like any other mini train you’d find at a theme park, but it goes throughout their animal section, which you can only see IF you go on the train. It also goes right by Cheetah, and depending on which route they choose, it can also go under and around Cheetah. This ride was the only one we waited for. Since they only had one train operating, that explains the wait. It was only like 5 minutes though.

There is a swampy path thingy that’s really cool! It’s just a lot of pathway right above swamp land and you get to see lots of animals. It’s cool.
The bird house was cool. Lorikeets come and land on your shoulder. Yay!
If you’re passing through, visit this park! If crowds are that minimal, you can get through it all in less than an hour. There really isn’t anything in the area for vacations, but I believe it’s not very far from Orlando. Go to this place. It’s neat!

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We're here :] Close parking spot.
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Um, where is everyone? The park opens in 10 minutes.
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My mom and her bestie, Dan.
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The ferris wheel says we are at Wild Adventures. If you do not agree, a big, green ogre will come and attack you.
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Ahh. Nice, small, pretty signage.
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Uhhhh ... I'm sure the entrance is just far away, hence why no one is in this area of the entrance plaza.
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Wait a second. THIS IS THE ENTRANCE? Where is everybody?
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Umm ... I'm sure more people will show up soon :)
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Lord Farquaad says: A PRETTY PONY!!! Don't worry, this whole Shrek phenomenon ties in with the trip.
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We're now in the park. He's a nice little eating plaza. I like how it's not on the ground that way people don't come running through you and knock your stuff off. There's also a big dining area inside.
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Our adventure begins :D
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So many cloaking devices!
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Woot for Vekoma roller skaters!
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I spy a Boomerang
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Boomerangs are very small rides. Fun though :)
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Tri-support! Let's take a closer look ...
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*Orgasm noise*
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... Alright, guys! Let's stop playing hide-and-seek :]
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A LAKE!!! and stuff across it
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Ah, an SLC. So pretty.
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Aww!!! Pretty kitty. *Pets chin*
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The tiger exhibit is way too close to the Boomerang. Kinda made me sad. Actually, all the exhibits are too close to rides.
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:( I was sad about not being able to ride Cheetah.
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I believe this is one of the 3 new rides they are getting this year.
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*Sigh*
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Just like the Sidewinder that was at Wild West World. This ride will make you siick.
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Ah, there it is!
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The top of an SLC.
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Hello there, Mr.Sun! ... and Hangman
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Walk-on!
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This is right next to the Hangman. I wanted to ride, but it was closed.
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This used to be an artsy shot ... Until the trees moved in.
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Because we were the only people in this section of the park (which means there was nobody else on the ride) I decided to take some pictures of the train.
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Somewhat close-up shot of the track.
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:) *Unzips pants*
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Looks like an alligator.
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Where is a train when you need it?
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Dan and my madre
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Under-belly :D Or ... Lift hill porn?
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Well, there's a train now, but no people.
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You know, this would have been a GREAT picture had there have been riders in the front!
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Dammit, people.
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Ooooh! This looks fun!
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... This ride actually scared my mom. NOT LYING.
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Themeing!
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Let's go ride the swings, I guess.
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Closed for the season.
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Here's a construction picture for ya. Well, somewhat. Wow.
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Yay for kiddie rides :) The Safari Bus was closed, but we wanted to ride.
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WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
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Boomerang from across the lake.
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Swamp Thing!
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"Enter at your own risk" ... Well, this IS a vekoma.
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Here they come! Yay?
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One of the longest waits of the day.
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Kinda artsy-fartsy?
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Mom and Dan did a lot of this all day: Waiting on me to take pictures.
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T3CHn1C@L $tUff
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CLOSE-UP!!! OMG!!! NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN THIS BEFORE!!!
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Wheel assemblies. Much different than its brother, SLC.
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At the top of the lift hill is a puppy and a van. Also some candy.
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People looked way too scared on this ride.
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After Swamp Thing, we decided to go look at some animals. We passed by this. The worker was being followed by this little guy. She says he follows her everywhere.
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He's soooooo pretty!
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They also have lorikeets/parakeets (Idk what they're called) As you can see, mom isn't too happy about this.
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She's trying not to be scared.
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She looks like she's trying to smile. She was actually mouthing "Get that f!@#$n camera off of me"
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Tia, the totally awesome bird-lady!!! she was really cool and we talked to her for a while. Yay for employees who enjoy their job and are fun to talk to!
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Mom started coming around.
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Dan was doing just fine.
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Mom got over it. Then I was the one freaking out.
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He was wondering what my camera was. I was scared he was gonna peck at it. I was very close.
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Pretty wittle birdeeeee
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What a ca-YOOT-ee :D
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This is how a lot of Georgia is.
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Through the swamp-walk we go. This was towards the middle of the walk.
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This poor gator is right under the Swamp Thing. good themeing, but I really don't feel it should be there. I'm sure things have dropped on him/her before.
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Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:46 pm

Part 2
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Baby gator, baby gator!
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Fun swamp-walk!
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My camera didn't know how to focus on this, Lol.
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Kinda artsy? Woot?
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Grr!!! I'm a big black bear!!! A big, black bug bit a big, black bear and the big, black bear bled blood :D
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AWWW!!!
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I feel bad for the white one. I'm sure he sticks out a bunch :(
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I HATE EMU'S. When I walked right beside this, I screamed because I didn't know it was there.
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Die, you little -----
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GET AWAY FROM THE FENCE.
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Um, I just wanted a decent picture. I wasn't expecting bestiality.
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"Dose" is supposed to be "Does" ... Haha :)
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Are we still in a Theme Park?
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SWAMP THING!!! ThRoUgH tHe TrEeS!!!
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BOOMERANG!!! THROUGH THE SWAMP THING THAT WAS THROUGH THE TREES!!! YAY!
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Awww!!! A cute little squirrel. Let's get a closer look ...
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Bastard.
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The carousel.
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Bug Out!!! Where what's-his-face killed the zombies.
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We've been here for hours. Why is no one here? Well, on the bright side, there's a Christmas tree!
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Wild Adventures gets you right next to the rides.
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It might look the track is nasty, but it's just the shadows from a tree.
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Undershot of the lift hill assemblies. It's amazing how this can lift an entire coaster train.
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It's either my 4th or 5th Wild Mouse.
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That guy is looking at me like he's gonna hurt me.
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The quene is actually right in the middle of the ride.
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Mom and I on the Insect-O-Slide :D
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Yay for attempted artsy-shots :)
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Cheetah from a distance. I want to ride you :(
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HERE'S a better artsy shot.
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Mom holding a Ball Python. I was too afraid :/
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ThEmEiNg!!!
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Guess we're going back to Boomerang.
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This is right by the entrance to Boomerang. I was sad it was closed. I've heard such good things about it.
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Derek, are you reading this?
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Close-up!
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Oooh!!! *Unzips pants farther*
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The "Under-Boomerang"
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Dammit, where is a TRAIN?
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Oh. There it is.
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One of my favorite shots!
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I love the support structure for the Boomerangs. Reminds me of Joe Jonas.
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Look at that plant! It totally distracts you from the awesomeness in the background! YAY!
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Swamp Thing from across the lake. I like the supports for this coaster as well.
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Judging by this scene, It's probably safe to say that Cheetah won't be opening soon.
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Right next to animal exhibits. Ugh.
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Yeahhhh
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Wow. The track isn't even there!
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Notice how this entire section of track was TAKEN OUT?
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BTW, they actually have alligators in this lake. I thought they were kidding, but they aren't.
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Such a pretty coaster.
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Bug Out and a pretty big flag. It was probably made in China.
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Some more construction.
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DO NOT RIDE THIS.
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Seriously. Where are the humans?
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... I'm running out of captions to write.
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Does anyone notice how the ties are NOT perpendicular to the track like they should be?
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Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:03 pm

Part 3
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Mom skipping out on the SLC.
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:/
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Hangman station. If you can't tell, we came back and rode Hangman.
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I LOVE this support (:
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It's not that tall, but it does tower over a lot.
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THROUGH THE TREES
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Mr. Sun and I are going to fight later. I'm sure I'll win.
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Well, there's some people. DID I MENTION THIS PLACE WAS *PACKED*?
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Me lubberz this shot.
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Starbucks? YES!!! This place has a REAL starbucks inside.
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Bug Out is actually taller than the Ferris Wheel.
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Don't look at me in that tone of voice.
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Mom is in the lower-right hand corner. She looks so small compared to the coaster.
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I would like to post this picture again in case none of you saw. Yes, that is really how many cars were in the parking lot.
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Well, I guess there's a few people?
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Bye-Bye Wild Adventures! Time to hit the road. Wait what's that ahead?
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SOUTH OF THE BORDER!!! With a coaster that doesn't operate :/
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The observation tower.
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You may not be able to see it, but through the trees is in fact, Intimidator305 :]
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Postby larrygator » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:45 pm

Wow that's quite a few pictures. I added this to TPR's Park Index.

If you happen to have pictures of the following rides for the Park Index let me know:
Gold Rush (Family Mine Train), Inverter, Pharoahs Fury (Swinging Ship), Smash Attack (Bumper Cars), Tilt-A-Weevil, Venus Fly Trap (Wisdom Tornado)

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Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:42 pm

Part 4

Washington D.C.

larrygator wrote:Wow that's quite a few pictures. I added this to TPR's Park Index.

If you happen to have pictures of the following rides for the Park Index let me know:
Gold Rush (Family Mine Train), Inverter, Pharoahs Fury (Swinging Ship), Smash Attack (Bumper Cars), Tilt-A-Weevil, Venus Fly Trap (Wisdom Tornado)

thanks


--Gold Rush was taken out to make way for the new rides.
--Inverter isn't there anymore either.
--Pharoahs Fury, hmm, lemme look. I don't think I have any though.
--Smash Attack, I'll look too.
--Tilt-A-Weevil, again, I'll look.
--Venus Fly Trap is sitting in pieces in the park's concert area.
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What is that in the distance?
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There it is. The giant penis.
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That's the pentagon! We drove by it thinking about how a plane ran into it. It was kind of scary thinking about it. The building is HUGE.
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This is how most homes in D.C. are. We knew we definitely weren't in Kansas!
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THERE IT IS!!
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The White House ... THROUGH THE TREES!!! Ish.
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Doin some yard work.
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Mom getting pictures of Dan. He's running for the Kansas House of Representatives.
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Patchwork lawn :D
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See what's back there?
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This was the funkiest looking tree I've ever seen. No, I didn't intentionally get the plane in the shot like that.
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Mom walking up to the monument.
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Dan: All high and mighty :D
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Lots of weird looking stones.
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You'll see a lot of cameras in D.C.
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Dan helping my mom off of a slippery ledge. She was in heels o.O
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These light up the Monument.
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Traffic sucks. The ambulance struggled to get through.
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Awesome building! Let's get a better look...
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No, not like drinking. Silly :P
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X2!!! OMG!!! I wanna ride it!!! Wait. Crap.
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Noted!
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There are lots of Segways in D.C. Yay.
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They have a lot of these permanent road blockers in D.C. They can be raised or lowered to let cars through ... Or not!
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I believe this is where they made an addition to the capitol.
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Not very ACER friendly :/
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They looked bored.I wanted to give them a hug :(
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THROUGH THE TREES
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I wonder if he's listening to the Jonas Brothers. They're awesome.
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SEE?!?! TONS OF PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES!
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This is what mom had to walk around in ... Heels.
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DO NOT TOUCH THAT HOLE!!!
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NOTED!!! See, why can't teachers just use this when teaching history? I've spent years in class with textbooks and what not. THIS SUMS IT UP, DAMMIT!
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Dan wanted a picture of them with the penis in between. Mom wasn't so sure. So we had to retake...
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She/he wants that penis.
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Wow. FAIL.
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!!! IT'S THE JONAS BROTHERS!!! Well, older versions.
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Nick.
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Joe.
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Kevin.
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Buh-bye, Jonas castle!
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Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:03 pm

Part 5 [Last Part]

New York City!!!

Thank you for reading!
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Many people in NYC are foreign, so I can understand that there will be some spelling mistakes every now and then :)
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I was just in shock that I was there ...
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We're waiting in line to get tickets at TKTS. See the Shrek: The Musical billboard? :)
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Mom freezing cold while waiting in line. It's below freezing and we just came from 70 degree weather in Georgia.
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That's right. Times Square!
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After waiting in line for over an hour, we got the LAST THREE of four tickets for Shrek. We didn't get to sit together, but we did get good seats. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th row.
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Thank you, TKTS :)
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HERSHEY'S :D
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There's where Mamma Mia is performed. One of my favorite movies and I LOVE the music.
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Winter Garden Theater, where Mamma Mia is.
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On our way to the theater to see Shrek: The musical!
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Did I mention it was COLD?
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THERE IT IS!!!
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OMG.
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I was a little shocked by this.
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Mom in front of David Letterman's show. It was next door to Shrek. She left her makeup on from the day before. She was regretting it. Lol.
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This is the train we took from Jersey to City, where we were staying, to NYC.
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This is the current progress of the new World Trade Center.
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What's that in the distance?
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There she is :)
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Can anyone guess where this is? Or what?
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We're in Toys R Us
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That is right. A ferris wheel inside of Toys R Us.
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Animatronic dinosaur D:
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CLIMB!!! CCCLLLIIIIIIMMMBBB!!!
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Yup. Escalators.
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Ah. There it is. Radio City Music Hall.
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Postby Medusa1861 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:53 pm

awww, I miss NYC. I was just there for the New Jersey Devils Vs. New York Rangers game. It always feels like home there. I find it funny that 27 degrees is noteworthy as being cold for you. But i guess being in Kansas that is drastic.
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Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:55 pm

^In Kansas, we get into negative temperatures sometimes. Below freezing is still cold though! The past week, temperatures were so cold, the wind chill was -25 ... Some school's were canceled :O
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Postby the ghost » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:14 pm

Nice TR. Also, the Ferris wheel is in the HUGE the toys r us.

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Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:16 pm

^Correct!
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