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Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:12 pm
by bert425
I LOVE the Georgia Aquarium, and we go every time I'm in Atlanta each year for Dragon*con.
(but amazingly, after 20 + years of going to Atlanta, i've still never made it out to SFOG).

smart move by them putting it over by Centennial park and moving World of CocaCola next to it (tho we only do that for the store at the end. . so many Coke products!).

They used to have some cool stuff over by the touch tanks (now the pirate boat area), but there used to also be a giant whale slide, where you could slide down and come out the whale's mouth.. somewhere i have a lovely pic of my fat ass tumbling out.. LOL

we're huge aquarium buffs too, and tho the Shedd in Chicago was nice? it barely makes my top 5.

I'd go:
5) Shedd aquarium (Chicago)
4) Maui aquarium (on Maui, duh)
3) Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta)
2) Curacao Aquarium (all outdoors, and just amazing. .we did that on our ABC Islands cruise a few years back)
1) Vancouver Aquarium (in Stanley Park), Vancouver Canada

thanks for sharing your pics. . brought back some great memories!

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:16 pm
by Nrthwnd
The Monterey Aquarium is pretty something to see. We visited it only once, during it's literal first six months of opening!
(1975) The kelp forests were so exquisite to watch, in the three story wave pools. And the open "horseshoe view" for seals
that wandered close to it's rocky shore.

Great aquarium. Miss it and want to re-visit it. ;) And Georgia's looks a - may - zing!

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:49 pm
by biosciking
TBpony414 wrote:What kind of camera were you using at the aquarium? Some of your pics turned out great, animals in tanks are often hard to capture.

It's actually a very basic (and quite old) Canon PowerShot, a standard superzoom camera. It gets the job done, though it does need to be serviced (or replaced altogether!), as the low-light setting (at which all of these aquarium pics were taken) ends up with a vertical line running through the right side of the picture. I hope that wasn't too distracting.

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:29 pm
by biosciking
Next on the itinerary was my first ever visit to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, GA. This park doesn't seem to have the greatest of reputations, perhaps because its collection of coasters is not exactly stellar (Cheetah, a CCI woodie, would be the highlight), and / or perhaps because it hardly ever gets anything new (its newest coaster, Viking Voyage, was added way back in 2010; I believe the only addition since this 2014 visit has been Jungle Rumble, a flying carpet-style flat ride). In spite of these shortcomings, I actually quite enjoyed Wild Adventures for several reasons:

1) While the coasters may only be so-so, there are at least a decent number of them (seven, none of which are exclusively kiddie coasters).

2) There are LOTS of other rides -- tons of flat rides and kiddie rides, two nice water rides, and the typical upcharge attractions (skycoaster, go-karts, mini golf).

3) There's a free waterpark included with admission, as well as a free concert amphitheater (I didn't take advantage of either of these, but they were certainly both popular with park guests).

4) The major selling point for me -- the zoological part of the park far exceeded my expectations (more on that with the pictures below).

5) Because of all of the above, Wild Adventures is actually a pretty HUGE park. I spent two days, and that was without the waterpark, concerts, or upcharge attractions. There's therefore plenty to do not just for first-time visitors like me but for park regulars as well, and I imagine locals are entirely content with the park experience.

6) Lastly, I noted that the clientele was friendly, the staff was professional, operations were efficient, the park was clean and well maintained, and the animals all appeared well cared for. Everything therefore added up to a very positive Wild Adventures visit.

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:18 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! I never realized Wild Adventures had an animal area that large. It makes sense with the name though.

I've always been fascinated by Viking Voyage since those larger Milers I've been on give really good air. They are far from smooth though and that seems to be a theme with that particular layout.

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:45 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Wow, that's really great! Not very often you see Wild Adventures show up in a TR. Thanks!

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:06 am
by biosciking
The second half of my August 2014 trip took me back to Central Florida, the third August in a row I'd make this trip. As with the previous two years, I wanted to do some Disney World and some beyond Disney World. The only major Disney park left to visit was Magic Kingdom -- I had visited Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom in 2012 and Epcot in 2013. I'd held off on Magic Kingdom though while the new Fantasyland was under construction, but now that it had opened this felt like the perfect time to pay a visit to the original Walt Disney World park.

I have been to Magic Kingdom twice before, way back during the 1990/1991 and 1998/1999 winter holidays. In addition to the new Fantasyland rides (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Little Mermaid), a couple other Fantasyland attractions (Winnie the Pooh, PhilharMagic) had been added since my last visits, as had a couple Tomorrowland attractions (Monsters Inc., Stitch). I was also eager to revisit all of the classic attractions unique to this Magic Kingdom, some of which used to be at So Cal's Disneyland but are long gone (Carousel of Progress, PeopleMover, Country Bear Jamboree) and some of which have always been exclusive to the Florida park (Hall of Presidents). And of course let's not ignore the abundance of other Disney headliners (Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, etc. etc. etc., the list goes on and on...!).

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:20 am
by biosciking

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:19 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Fantastic photos!

While I do enjoy Winnie the Pooh for what it is, I just miss having a Mr. Toad's Wild Ride this side of the Mississippi.

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:32 pm
by biosciking
My 2012 WDW trip included visits to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf. My 2013 WDW trip then included visits to Epcot and Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. Continuing the trend of visiting major parks along with smaller attractions, this 2014 WDW trip included visits to Magic Kingdom followed by DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney (2014 was prior to Downtown Disney's name change to Disney Springs).

I had long been curious about DisneyQuest (I often considered it Disney World's 4.5th theme park), but I'd never tried it out until now. I am by no means a techie, and I quite despise the industry's current VR fad, but DisneyQuest and this 2014 visit well predated the VR craze. I therefore went in with a very open mind, and quite enjoyed the entire experience. (There had been no announcements by this point that DisneyQuest would be closing in a few years -- I wonder how the park would have evolved had it made it to the "VR era.")

DisneyQuest was unique in that it was entirely enclosed within a single five-story building. It therefore didn't take up a huge amount of Downtown Disney territory, but there was still plenty to see and do, all stacked on top of each other -- each floor housed a selection of attractions and arcades (as well as eateries and shops). The theming was also apparently divided into four different zones -- Explore, Score, Replay, and Create. I couldn't really follow that organization though, as the four zones (obviously) didn't correspond to the five floors. No matter, the layout was otherwise straightforward, and I'll go through the attractions here floor by floor.