^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.
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.
Come and join us at the preview day.
Welcome to the, we hope, future of Cypress Gardens.
The Lego Wench entices you to come in.
Noted and logged--thank you. There were some glitches here and there, but overall the day went smoothly.
It was also Media Day--the park would "officially" open the following day.
Looks like the reporter had a late night.
Steve's son, Logan, got to be on TV somewhere, just by driving around in this little car.
A wee bit of hoopla, and Legoland is "unofficially" open for business.
OK, who needs to work off a Waffle House breakfast?
Get ready to pump yourselves to death, folks!
The is the only Legoland attraction that's "licensed to kill."
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.)
Pump, ladies, pump like the wind! (OK, that really sucks as a metaphor.)
Uh oh! Looks like one team is having bit of a problem.
The losers pump themselves back to the finish line in disgrace.
Here's one of the refurbished old attractions.
Enjoy yourselves on the "Ride Formerly Known as Swamp Thing."
"You know, mit out Legos, mein Theory of Relativity would've been kaput! True story!"
The boats are another classic attraction you find at (I think) all the Lego parks.
I see that Lou has found her favorite attraction.
Hmm--this donkey and his swarthy companion smack of exotic intrigue!
At last, we know how the Pyramids were built.
This is the type of picture you get when your camera is slow to reset and you miss everybody's pose.
I think I know where to find Garbels.
Victory! And I think it only cost him $100 or so.
If all they did was put up this castle and nothing else, Merlin would've improved the old CG Adventure Park by 100%.
"D'yer, me big and dumb! Got hammer! Smash you good!"
"Sir! Please put the hammer on the ground and back away slowly!"
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.
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.
Jimmy "Chucks captions are always the best" Bo
Do not believe this post!
90% of the time, I am sarcastic all the time...it's science!
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