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Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:35 pm

Darkness falls, and the blurriness increases, at Halloween Horror NIghts.
The terrifying RIP lounge with its horrifying cash bar!
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I swear to god that I thought this was the restroom. Sorry about that.
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William was a great tour guide--thanks!
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Lady Luck actually looks somewhat friendly in this photo.
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One of the Lady's minions.
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Odd numbers are frightening! No restaurant can comfortably seat a party of seven!
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Hmm--let me guess. You're "Gluttony," right? I think we met at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival.
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"Cleavage" = "Lust." The ladies portraying the Seven Deadly Sins become more grotesque as the evening wears on.
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Aghh! More zombies! Wait, it's just Joey, Allison, and Renee. Phew!
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Once again, I have taken this photo in compliance with Florida law.
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I was so happy that we had front-of-the-line privileges for HRRNR that I was inspired to take blurry photos of it.
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To invert, or not to invert? That is the question.
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I was not under the influence of a Jello shooter when I took those last two photos.
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My failed attempt at taking a photo of one of the "collapsing" buildings. You might want to check out Hanno's TR for some good shots.
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I did get a decent shot of the Rat Girl.
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This building is crumbling to dust before my eyes. I swear.
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Hmm--something tells me that Lady Luck lurks languidly nearby.
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And so she does.
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These guys had applied to be Hellraiser-type Cenobites, but were rejected. They couldn't handle having nails pounded into their heads.
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A full moon at HHN seems appropriate.
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Protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe at MIB.
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"So, up for some bowling after work tonight?"
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"I'm not so sure I agree 100% with your police work there, fellas."
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There can be no HHN without FIRE!
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This is why it's a good idea to do the RIP Tour or get Express Passes.
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The In-Between was a better-than-average 3D house, but it seemed a bit "random" (that is, they could cram any goofy thing they wanted into that house).
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There were a few Jack-o-Lantern trees, but not nearly as many as in the past.
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That's all from HHN--next up is Busch Gardens Bash (and Howl-o-Scream) at Tampa.
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Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:45 pm

That is awesome they let you downstairs at MIB! I think I remember seeing Renee post a photo and wondering how on earth she made it down there, now I know!

Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:20 pm

^It was new this year for the RIP Tour--great photo ops!

Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:38 pm

The cash bar was one of the best parts of the tour! Great bartender and cheaper prices than in the park! Renee and Allison being scared by everything was quite amusing too.

Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:16 pm

A Theme Park Review Bash and a theme-park "haunt"--that's a tough combination to beat. There was no way I could pass up Busch Gardens Bash and Howl-o-Scream at Tampa this year. Combine ERT on Cheetah Hunt and Montu with some great backstage tours (of Montu and an HOS maze), the Fright Feast, and front-of-the-line passes for HOS, and you've got one long, outstanding day at BGT!

First things first: Cheetah Hunt is an excellent ride. Yes, it lacks that "intensity" that some enthusiasts love , but its long, unique layout, beautiful setting, and surprising pops of airtime more than make up for it. I especially like the "twisty" bit through the old Rhino Rally river gorge. This is an excellent addition to BGT's already stellar coaster lineup and is really whetting my appetite for BGW's Verbolten next year.

As for Howl-o-Scream, I have to admit that I enjoyed it a bit more than Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. Yes, Universal's houses are more elaborate, but BGT makes up for that with creepier atmosphere throughout the park, thanks to using roving bands of "the undead" instead of clearly marked scare zones. You never knew who or what you were going to bump into all over the park: Zombie doctors? Zombie clowns? Zombie cheerleaders? These teams of monsters worked together beautifully and ensured that no part of the park was "safe"--well done, BGT!

The houses were solid overall, too. Granted their settings aren't as elaborate as what you get at Universal, but they're definitely a cut above most other park haunts, and they really load them with scare actors.

Ultimate Gamble: Vampire Casino--The house always wins at the Revivara Hotel, and the stakes are you! This sets in this house, from the casino floor to the hotel laundry room, measured up to Universal standards, with plenty of surprises and some fairly elaborate effects. The big finish is excellent (and actually improved the second time we went through it). The vampire "host" out front was hilarious, too.

Nevermore--Here's BGT's version of an Edgar Allen Poe maze. While I think Universal's is a bit more interesting, this walk through random Poe tales, such as "The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," and "A Cask of Amontillado," is quite well done. The "Pit and the Pendulum" room is particularly good, but watch out for Fortunato (you will get wet).

Nightshade Toys--I went through this toy factory from Hell in its old location a few years ago. The new location is smaller, but the house is still excellent. But beware Little Tina Tinkle (you will get wet).

Deconstruction: The Doctor is Out of Control--This is another "blast from the past" maze, and it's held up pretty well, although the storyline is a bit murky--something about an insane plastic surgeon who grafts random organic and mechanical parts on people. It's the goriest maze at HOS.

Death Row Vengeance: Fear the Dead--I was told that this might be the last year for this maze, as the scare actors have really beaten up this building over time. This is the only "zombie penitentiary" maze that I know of, and it's pretty well done.

Zombie Mortuary--Again with the zombies in the most disappointing maze at HOS. It starts out pretty well (the mortuary sets are well done), but the remainder of the house is just a slight redressing of the old Trapped in the Walls maze, which was a bit "meh."

Here's a look at a great Bash day and night at BGT. My thanks to the park and to Robb and Elissa for putting all this together. It was the perfect finish to my "Year of Bashes"!
Hmm--this looks a bit familiar. I think I've seen this rose somewhere else--but where?
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This can wait until later . . .
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. . . first things first.
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Speaking of "first things first," it's group-photo/clench-and-squish time.
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How about a little ERT on Cheetah Hunt? After all, it's not all that "intense," right?
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Reason 1 of "Why ERT is a good thing." This line would be insanely long later in the day.
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Hmm--perhaps Cheetah Hunt is too intense if you've had breakfast at Waffle House.
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Let us discreetly allow the clean-up crew to go about their work by looking at some of the detail in the queue.
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OK--Cheetah Hunt is now "Crouse ready."
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This is an excellent ride--great views and some pops of air.
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"Grr! Cheetah hunt you and kill you good!"
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What? It goes over the Sky Ride? Unexpected! (You had to have been at the group lunch to get this joke--sorry.)
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Well done, BGT--I hope Verbolten is as good as this ride.
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Reason 2 of "Why ERT is a good thing."
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Hmm--drums carry message, bwana! Drums say, "Look for Lou. . .
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. . . in Happy Place."
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You don't say?
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I've never hated Gwazi like many others do (probably because I've been lucky), but I think the new trains did improve it a bit.
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Now here's what they should've used on Gwazi.
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But let's not forget the most important ride of all.
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New credit--go, me!
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Norman gave us an excellent, detailed backstage tour of Montu (which is now the best inverted coaster in the South).
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Let's head to the barn, shall we?
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Remember that you must first be "authorized" to go here--not "martinized" (that's for dry cleaning).
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Some of you with more delicate sensibilities might want to look away, lest the sight of naked coaster parts sends you into a swoon.
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A member of the Montu crew put togeter this display explaining what the various parts do--a nice touch.
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"Cmon--hold it! Fondle it! You know you want to!"
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Ah ha! Plans! I must watermark this picture immediately!
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Although this applies to Cheetah Hunt, not Montu, this demo of how magnetic brakes work was a nice touch, too.
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Hot, steamy, naked Montu! (Because BGT is a year-round park, they always have one train undergoing rehab.)
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Looking at the station from Montu's barn.
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This is for the upcharge "X-treme Montu." They chain you to the "seat" and you have to hold your OTSR in place.
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Joey Ray loves naked Montu!
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You can get great pictures of the ride during this tour.
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A pair of those would make a nice mailbox.
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Big loop.
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Little loop. (I thought long and hard about these captions.)
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You never know when . . .
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. . . Montu will strike! HOS is next.
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Last edited by cfc on Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:13 am.

Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:34 pm

Ah ha! Plans! I must watermark this picture immediately!

I see what you did there! ;) :lmao:

Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:46 pm

Awesome trip report Chuck =)

Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:03 pm

Time to check out "The Dark Side of the Gardens"--Tampa style.
Let's start with a tour of Nightshade Toys.
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This one of the oddest safety rules I've ever seen; apparently, "misuse" of plastic yard containers is a big issue. I wonder if Lowe's or Home Depot have this problem?
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The uber-terrifying TPR crew gathers.
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Scott, the mastermind of HOS, gave us a great tour--thanks, again!
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In we go! Picture taking was not allowed inside the house.
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But there were plenty of creepy things to photograph outside.
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Scott dared us to walk through the spinning rooms.
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Aghh! Vertigo!
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Once you've toured Nightshade Toys, you're changed forever. But it's nothing to be concerned about . . .
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We had some time to kill before HOS, and I'd never ridden the park's train.
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I didn't know BGT had a pushmi-pullyu--in your face, Animal Kingdom!
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One more look at Cheetah Hunt, just because it's so good.
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"Look into my eye . . . you will do my bidding . . . you have an overpowering urge for . . .
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. . . tacos!"
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On the plus side, I think this show was better than Control Alt Deceased. On the minus side, it still wasn't a good show (and I missed getting a picture of the dancing Jager bottles).
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You must run the gauntlet to escape Fright Feast.
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MY god! No parking! It's so scary when you can't find a parking space!
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Univeral has collapsing buildings. BGT has this burning building (which is easier to photograph).
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You never know what's lurking at Howl-o-Scream.
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Even trippier, I just watched this movie last night ("White Zombie").
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As you can see, Nightshade Toys is a bit creepier by night.
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No real "story," just lots of gore--sort of like the Friday the 13th series.
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"I'm too sexy for my shirt! Too sexy for my shirt!"
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These blacklight maps are both helpful and atmospheric--nice touch.
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I wonder if Lady Luck is here tonight?
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"Luck be a lady tonight . . ." aw, she'll probably just rip my throat open and bathe in my blood anyway. Who am I kidding?
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Spookiness quotient rising . . .
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"Quoth the raven . . ."
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The entrance to the Queue of Interminable Waits Indefinitely Prolonged.
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"And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon that is dreaming."
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I know a good drywall man who can fix that crack for you.
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"Rah-rah-rah! Sis-boom-DIE!"
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"Mutliate! Evicerate! Kill! Kill! Kill! Yay!"
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Hmm--wouldn't it be logical to find zombies in a mortuary? Now "Zombie Carmax"--that would be different!
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Count Chuckula has risen from the grave!
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The Lady of the Gardens.
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And one of her little playmates! Isn't she adorable?
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Now that is one strange variety of rose. That's it for BG Bash and HOS! What a great day and night--thanks again, Robb and Elissa!
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Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:09 pm

Hey I'm in one of your Cheetah Hunt photos! Looking like a complete dork but... :b

Busch Gardens Bash was so much fun... Unexpected!

Can't wait to see more photos!

Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:25 pm

lLways love your PTRs Chuck!
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