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

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

Postby cfc » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:59 am

^I feel the same about Dick Tracy. My nephew Luke absolutely loved that flick and had to have every Tracy toy he could get his hands on--which became a bit of a challenge due to the movie's disappointing box-office receipts.
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Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Postby BeemerBoy » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:05 am

^ Big fan of flowers and trees, eh?
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Postby cfc » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:20 am

^Especially if they're edible.
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Postby mcjaco » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:29 am

Marigold seeds are edible.

Just not too yummy.

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

Postby cfc » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:48 pm

I remember hitting the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park with TPR a few years back. The place was underwhelming then, to say the least. Building an amusement park that was one step above Old Town in quality and depending on the drawing power of the name Cypress Gardens (a tourist destination that had been passe for years) was a questionable enterprise, at best. Yes, building a glorified carnival and hoping that the tourists would make the trek from Orlando to Winter Haven was a failure, and I left the place wondering if there was any hope for Cypress Gradens at all.

Then along came Merlin and Legoland. The Gardens now have a fighting chance.

I was quite impressed with how Legoland put its stamp on the old park, not only by bringing in new, classic attractions (such as Aqua Zone Wave Racers and the Lost Kingdom Adventure dark ride), but also by adapting some of the old park's rides (such as turning the generic Rollerskater into The Dragon). Plus, the Gardens are still there--a nice link to the past.

I barely recognized the park when we visited, and based on my first visit to the old Adventure Park, that's a good thing. The big question still remains, though: Will Legoland be enough to entice guests to leave the tourist epicenter of Orlando? Well, they're off to a good start--and the announced opening of a Lego water park next year is a smart move. I wish Legoland Florida well.

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Welcome to the, we hope, future of Cypress Gardens.
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The Lego Wench entices you to come in.
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Noted and logged--thank you. There were some glitches here and there, but overall the day went smoothly.
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It was also Media Day--the park would "officially" open the following day.
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Looks like the reporter had a late night.
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Steve's son, Logan, got to be on TV somewhere, just by driving around in this little car.
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A wee bit of hoopla, and Legoland is "unofficially" open for business.
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OK, who needs to work off a Waffle House breakfast?
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Get ready to pump yourselves to death, folks!
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The is the only Legoland attraction that's "licensed to kill."
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Mike, you're supposed to use the other nozzle to put out the fire, not your . . . oh, never mind. (Looks like the Legoland CM is impressed, though.)
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Pump, ladies, pump like the wind! (OK, that really sucks as a metaphor.)
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Uh oh! Looks like one team is having bit of a problem.
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The losers pump themselves back to the finish line in disgrace.
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Here's one of the refurbished old attractions.
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Enjoy yourselves on the "Ride Formerly Known as Swamp Thing."
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"You know, mit out Legos, mein Theory of Relativity would've been kaput! True story!"
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The boats are another classic attraction you find at (I think) all the Lego parks.
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I see that Lou has found her favorite attraction.
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Hmm--this donkey and his swarthy companion smack of exotic intrigue!
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At last, we know how the Pyramids were built.
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This is the type of picture you get when your camera is slow to reset and you miss everybody's pose.
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I think I know where to find Garbels.
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Victory! And I think it only cost him $100 or so.
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If all they did was put up this castle and nothing else, Merlin would've improved the old CG Adventure Park by 100%.
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"D'yer, me big and dumb! Got hammer! Smash you good!"
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"Sir! Please put the hammer on the ground and back away slowly!"
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Legoland did a good job adding a dark-ride section on to the existing Rollerskater. A once "meh" ride is now fun. More to come from Legoland.
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Re: Photo TR: Scarin' and Crusin' with TPR in Orlando

Postby cfc » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:23 pm

Here's a bit more of Legoland Florida, a park that deserves to make it.
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There's a "Lego Factory Tour," but not an actual factory.
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Renate, a member of the Legoland California staff who knows TPR very well, was there to help open the new park.
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I'm sure the real Lego factories are just like this.
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"Oompa Loompa, doobity-doo!"
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We received official limited-edition bricks for Legoland Florida--thanks!
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The flying island is another old attraction that's been "Lego-ized."
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The snake is not, I repeat, not made of Legos.
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See any gators out there?
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The grandstand on the left is for the water-skiing show--another Cypress Gradens attraction that's received the Lego treatment.
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Here's a better look at The Dragon--and the Bealls and Super K Mart across the street (like the snake, they are not made of Legos).
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The lake is quite pretty. I think the buildings in the foreground used to be a petting zoo.
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Maybe I should've borrowed this guy's binoculars.
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Time for another "Lego-ized" old attraction--the former Triple Hurricane.
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Not our dino.
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This was a good family ride back in the Adventure Park days, too.
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But now it's even better because it has dinosaurs.
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Now here's a refreshing ride for a hot day.
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Dan, you do realize this is a water ride, right?
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I think Dan is in serious trouble.
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Bombs away! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!
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It's time to get in touch with some southern gentility in the old gardens.
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Careful, Robb! That southern belle is likely to get the vapors and fall into a swoon!
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I remember old postcards with this picture on them.
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I don't remember giant mutant snails, though.
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"The power to creat giant mutant snails is insignificant next to the power of the Schwartz!"
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"Ain't no mystical energy field fixin' this toilet."
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The sequel to "Hobo with a Shotgun": "Bunny with a Chainsaw."
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The giftshop is very conveniently located near the entrance/exit. Now there's a shock.
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"Why, thank y'all for visiting. Just tickled us half to death!"
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Postby JimmyBo » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:37 pm

Awesome stuff again Chuck! Legoland Florida looks like a great park and I really hope it turns into a park that will be around for years. Having Legoland California be my home park for so long I hope that this one in Florida has as much success as the one in Cali.

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Postby donkeyman18 » Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:58 am

Once again this is epic! By the way that is my donkey and thats me next to him! ;)

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

Postby Meteornotes » Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:58 am

Awesome report. They did a great job of re-making the mess that was Cypress Gardens. Though I do think that junior SLC deathtrap should have been sent into the sun for the safety of us all...

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