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Re: Photo TR: Every park that we hit in 2009...just about.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:53 pm
by milst1
The Bat wrote:Great report Martin!!! You guys had a big year. I really liked some of the choices of the images. Hope to travel and coast with you again soon.

-- Dave


I love that you are "The Bat"! :lover:

Re: Photo TR: Every park that we hit in 2009...just about.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:47 pm
by GeForce
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Re: Photo TR: Every park that we hit in 2009...just about.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:53 pm
by milst1
GeForce wrote:Great Photos,

But the Phantasialand Photo is not from 2009 ;)


I'm not getting the smiley...Do I know the poster? Yes, it is 2009. We moved to Holland on January 2, 2009, and a couple of weeks later, the great Leon S. of TPR Tokyo Trip 2008 picked us up at Breda Station and drove us to Bruhl, home of Phantasialand!

Re: Photo TR: Every park that we hit in 2009...just about.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:34 pm
by Taylor Finn
Gardaland... Firstly, where is that located? More importantly, I have a roller coaster book from, eh, 2008. It mentions the idea of a screaming squirrel prototype. I'm assuming the coaster shown in the picture is the final product of the screaming squirrel? Like a wild mouse that flips you upside down.

Re: Photo TR: Every park that we hit in 2009...just about.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:52 am
by milst1
Taylor Finn wrote:Gardaland... Firstly, where is that located? More importantly, I have a roller coaster book from, eh, 2008. It mentions the idea of a screaming squirrel prototype. I'm assuming the coaster shown in the picture is the final product of the screaming squirrel? Like a wild mouse that flips you upside down.


Gardaland is in Castelnuovo del Garda in northern Italy, right here on a Google map, approximately equidistant from Milano and Bologna. We flew into Bologna so that we could go from Mirabilandia (in Ravenna) to catch our return flight.

Yes, that was the Screaming Squirrel prototype, named Sequoia Adventure, and if you look at the Flamingo Land picture, that is the current generation of that coaster, Mumbo Jumbo, which is S&S Power's El Loco model. Indiana Beach has one called Steel Hawg.

Unfortunately, both types are lacking, IMHO. The Screaming Squirrel was braked so much that you're spending a lot of time hanging upside down. Quite slow. The new version has some of the same problems: a bit too slow and upside-down hang time embeds the restraints into your shoulders. But it is a nifty ride nonetheless, just not my cup of tea. Sequoia Adventure is definitely nice to look at, with every round support painted to look like a giant California redwood.

Incidentally, there's a fantastic review of Mumbo Jumbo in First Drop Magazine.

Re: Photo TR: Every park that we hit in 2010...just about.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:05 am
by milst1
Happy Holidays, everyone!

It's that time of year: Every park that we hit in 2010...71(!) parks...one photo per park, and excluding Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas, as it's exclusively a water park.

Overall, I think the quality of the photography is lacking this year, maybe just because we went to too many damn parks.

Notable this year that two of the parks we visited no longer exist, although one was really just an FEC.

Anyway, thanks for checking it out.

(Just added a forgotten park at the end!)

Re: Photo TR: Every park that we hit in 2010...just about.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:31 pm
by larrygator
Nice Martin - now just waiting for another Photo TR to read your opinions about Wiener Prater.

Re: Photo TR: Every park that we hit in 2010...just about.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:48 pm
by milst1
larrygator wrote:Nice Martin - now just waiting for another Photo TR to read your opinions about Wiener Prater.


I could have sworn that I did a Wiener Prater report but I can't find it so I guess I didn't! Prater was okay...we loved the scenic railway and the nature park and the atmosphere and the food. But the park is definitely run down. The Zamperla flying was down because of the accident but we couldn't find any physical evidence of the accident even though 3 people were injured. I'm having deja vu because I thought I wrote about all this already.

Anyway, thanks for looking Larry. This 69 photo thing took a long time.

Re: Photo TR: Every park that we hit in 2010...just about.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:38 pm
by jray21
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I didn't know Ashley got so dressed up at SFGA! :lmao:

Wow, that's a ton of parks! Great pictures! How many of them were new parks for you?

Re: Photo TR: Every park that we hit in 2010...just about.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:13 pm
by cal1br3tto
^I had the same thought when I first saw that photo! :lmao:

Great photo choices! It was fun seeing the familiar and the not-so-familiar. Looks like you had a great park season!