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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Busch Gardens Bash

Postby cfc » Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:59 am

BGT's Howl-o-Scream 2011 was more enjoyable that Halloween Horror Night at Universal, and that's saying a lot.
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Busch Gardens Bash

Postby SharkTums » Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:20 am

This Trip Report was UNEXPECTED!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Busch Gardens Bash

Postby QueerRudie » Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:55 am

Wow, Chad. I'd almost think you had a thing for Montu based upon those dirty dirty pictures...

And yet, only ONE Anton shot (Granted, it's a keeper!)

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Busch Gardens Bash

Postby chadster » Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:24 pm

Thanks for the kind replies guys!
aimster wrote:Oh and I want to thank you guys again for helping me build the courage to do the houses during HOS. Once I got over my initial freak out, I was having a blast (until that one vamp snuck between Shawn & I and scared the crap out of me in the vampire casino house :lmao: ). Hope we can all do it again next year!

I'm going to Busch Gardens tomorrow and will tell the roos you say "hello". ;)


Like SuperShawn said it was a great time! Just think that Vampire scaring you two was....wait for it.... UNEXPECTED! Oh. and You Suck! (for going to BG without us!)

Jojo19799 wrote:I reeeeeeeeeeeeally wish I could have been there that weekend. Maybe next year if there is an event. I miss you guys and can't wait until our playdate at WCB (even though Joe might not be there, he'll be there in spirit).


Too bad you couldn't come out and play, but we will see you soon enough!

cfc wrote:BGT's Howl-o-Scream 2011 was more enjoyable that Halloween Horror Night at Universal, and that's saying a lot.


I didn't even attend HHN and I agree

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: State Fair of Texas

Postby chadster » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:02 pm

After flying back from Orlando, the following weekend I headed out for the last day of Texas State Fair. I met up with my sister and hopped on the DART in Plano that took us straight to Fair Park. While I won't put you to sleep with much commentary here, I will say the following:

1. It doesn't look like a fair at all, it looks more like a permanent attraction.
2. Many unique rides not commonly found in the U.S.
3. Fair Park has tons of Art Deco, so if you are into that sort of thing, you will LOVE this place!
4. A new permanent 500 foot observation tower is coming next year.
5. In the summer of 2013 they plan to open a Summer Midway
6. Two Part Report.

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'Our State Fair is a grand State Fair'
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You can tell you are at a fair when you have both a 'farm in a truck' and butterfly's in the same building.
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A permanent year round Aquarium is also on property. $5 to enter during the fair. I also noted they are hosting a special "Sleeping with the Fishes' event. Arrive by 7pm, leave by 10am
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My what a big wheel you have
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So walking past the wheel we come across one part of the midway, so, we will start off with one of many himalaya style rides.
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And we take a turn and look down the gamesway
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And move our way over to this awesome thing. You don't see this everywhere!
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"I hope I don't lose my lunch"
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"We hope you don't either!"
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Now here is something that you dark ride enthusiasts will enjoy, and something you can't ride just any old time. And yes, it's permanent.
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Spooky two story Bill Tracy special!
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Winning!
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Om nom nom onom. This is where the "it doesn't look like a fair" comes into play. The food vendors aren't in trailers rather in separate uniform looking booths throughout the park.
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They even have advertising on the bottom of the Sky Ride. Creative use points.
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'The eyes of Texas are upon you'
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#musthaveintexasorelse
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I know what you are thinking. B.S. But it was true, they really were $1. And no, I refused to try one.
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So out on another midway we show you some Art Deco buildings. The buildings on either side showcase their "Auto Show" A.K.A. car lot brought to the fair. Nothing new or earth shattering inside there.
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Except for this 9/11 tribute vehicle which was all airbrushed.
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Hmmm, wonder what's in here...
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More food!
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Deep fried biscuits and gravy. Yummmy (Ick) Deep fried Beer. Yummy.(Ick)
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So this building was donated by some rich people and is now a museum with an auditorium that people can rent out.
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And yet another building where you can get your culture on. I love the ceiling.
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They had some awesome murals that depicted what life was like back in the day
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"Come and Take It" Hey, wait justa....WTF is that over to the left?!?!
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They certainly do things different in Texas, that's for damn sure.
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Oh lord, another suggestive mural.
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Yay for Sandy Lake!!!

That's it for Part I, Part II coming up shortly.

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: State Fair of Texas!

Postby chadster » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:17 pm

Part Dos
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So how about some rides. I'll start here. Ride tickets are .50 each. This required 12 tickets.
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And it really wasn't all that bad.
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Next up is this crazy thing.
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I ate too much fried beer!
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So yeah, never seen one of these before
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Can't have a fair these days without a flyer!
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Nerd Shot!
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And another Himalaya!
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I'm taking a picture of you taking a picture
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Best.Ride.Theme.Evar.
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I mean, I almost missed the giant Coke can in the middle!
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Time to get Zillerated!
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These ops didn't mind running multiple cars on track at a time.
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And another Himalaya style machine, but pay close attention
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The cars point the other way on this one!
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Still counts!
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Another permanent attraction (I think)
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Champion Stud.
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Typical Cheesy Fair Haunted House.
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Found and Noted this on the back side of the wheel.
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Finally we grab a rare and unique Arrow Flume credit.
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Nerd Shot.
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Off we go into the land of Willy Nelson!
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Creepy forest!
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NOTED!
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Me no dumdum, you dumdum
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Into the creepy forest tunnel
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Yikes!
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And up the lift for the big splash.
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And down the hatch! This is the shortest Arrow Flume I've been on. The creepy theme was awesome.

So that's it, just a drop in the bucket of what all is at the fair. Open three full weeks in October, you should get down there, but beware, no POP ride option so it can get costly!

Hope you liked, and if you did, post a comment!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: State Fair of Texas!

Postby chadster » Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:58 pm

Season Finale Tomorrow Night! Join me as I visit Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas and help Wildfire to reach 1 million rides in a season!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: State Fair of Texas!

Postby printersdevil78 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:28 pm

Very cool! Just moments ago, I didn't know deep-fried biscuits and gravy existed. Now, I'm willing to give up several appendages to try it!
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: State Fair of Texas!

Postby Chroniq » Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:07 pm

That's one impressive fair. With so many permanent installations, how long are the attractions open each year?
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: State Fair of Texas!

Postby chadster » Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:15 am

printersdevil78 wrote:Very cool! Just moments ago, I didn't know deep-fried biscuits and gravy existed. Now, I'm willing to give up several appendages to try it!


Unfortunatley no one was ordering it at the time so I couldn't tell exactly what it looked like. For instanace, on a stick, or a biscuit with gravy in the middle of it, dipped in batter and fried.

Does anyone else have any idea? I suppose I could google it...but that would be too easy.

Chroniq wrote:That's one impressive fair. With so many permanent installations, how long are the attractions open each year?


The permanent installations are only open 3 weeks per year and are owned independantly from my understanding. In 2013 they will have a summer fair with the log flume, sky ride, and ferris wheel open along with a few other rides and attractions such as the 500 foot observation tower.

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