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Photo TR: Marcel's first TPR adventure and MORE!

Postby FreeFaller » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:30 pm

Hey TPR members!

This trip report is about my very first TPR adventure! Together with a bunch of other coaster geeks, we barrel rolled our way across the country to the keeper of the gate AND MORE! That trip was one of that 'Time of my life' experiences that will always be in my mind! It was really AWESOME and I honestly don't know how to describe that trip with words because Robb and Elissa put so much effort in organizing and making this trip so EPIC! Thank you VERY much! You guys rock and I'm definitely ready for another TPR *Explore the world* adventure! BUT, before going on another trip, I should finish this trip report, so back to the report! :D I will try to update this thread every day to give you guys an impression of all the fun we had during our trip throughout the UNITED STATES! I'm sorry about not having that many photos of my arrival and my first day in the US, but I just was too lazy in the first two days! Sorry for that! With that being said...

Are you ready for some AWESOME coaster goodness and TPR fun? Let's go...

Every trip starts with traveling and in my case it started with a nine hour flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Detroit, Michigan where I had a layover of 4 hours! My final destination was Houston, Texas where some other TPR members and I met to have some PRE trip fun with Iron Shark at Galveston's Pleasure Pier and Kemah's Boardwalk Bullet! Arriving in Texas was insane...I got out of the airport and it was like being hit of a giant heat wall! :D Welcome to Texas!

After having taken my shuttle to the first hotel (which was close to the airport) and checking in, I took a nap! I finally arrived in the States but I was just too tired to realize it! :D The next day, I had to wait for Bas', Werner's and Andrew's arrival. Together, we planned on having some coaster PRE trip fun at the Gulf of Mexico!

Galveston's Pleasure Pier is a very nice pier to stay! A good selection of different flat rides and of course the home of the lap bar only Euro Fighter IRON SHARK! It was really fun and since the coaster is almost built in the middle of the ocean, it's a really nice feeling to ride the coaster there! Especially the Star Flyer was kind of scary because the only thing you see is WATER when flying in the air. It's pretty awesome! After some rides on Iron Shark and the other rides there, we made our way to Kemah Boardwalk where Boardwalk Bullet was waiting for us! Since we were not interested in doing the other flat rides there, we decided not to buy the ALL DAY admission wristband. With that being said, we bought a single ticket for Boardwalk Bullet which was $6! It's a nice little woodie that is not too rough! I think after HADES 360 at the Dells during the trip every coaster seems to feel as smooth as Kumali in the UK! :D I thought it was really rideable and not too bad! We left the Pier after some rides on that woodie. There was a 3 hour car drive to San Antonio we had to take, to get to the first TPR hotel where all the members doing the Schlitterbahn pre trip add on were waiting! Dropping off the car at the airport in San Antonio and taking a cab to the hotel were the next steps to do though!

After having arrived at the hotel, we went to Longhorn Steakhouse where the other TPR members already celebrated the unofficial start of the trip!

Let's see some photos!
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Look! My luggage is TPR approved! I'm ready to leave Germany!
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We're flying high!
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Somewhere over the ocean!
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No crappy plane food at all! I liked it!
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Being bored and taking photos at the Detroit airport isn't a good combination!
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My first breakfast in the US! I finally arrived!
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Relaxing at the crappy hotel pool! When do the others arrive? I'm bored!!!
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Hard Rock Café Houston!
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Thumbs up for the Mac&Cheese!
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Yummy! More Mac&Cheese
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Werner took his traditional Hard Rock Café meal! Fish and Chips! Good luck with that!
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YAY! We made it to the pier! Welcome!
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Please enter the pier and have some fun!
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More Pleasure Pier goodness!
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YAY! We can get all credits! Oh wait...there's only one! Good sign!
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Look! IRON SHARK!
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Seems to be a twisty coaster!
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Iron Shark looks good!
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Yummy!
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It\'s right next to the ocean! I loved it!
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Oh look. TPR members have not been eaten by the Iron Shark! They survived...
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...but had a BIG shock! HELP ME!
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We got soaked on the log flume! Nevertheless it felt like sweat! The texas heat tried to kill us!
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Bye bye Pleasure Pier!
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Snacks to survive the car drive!
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Welcome to Kemah Boardwalk!
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That\'s the ride we are looking for! Let's buy the tickets!
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I got the ticket! Let's go!
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Boardwalk Bullet's entrance!
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TPR members show their coaster enthusiasm! Wave your hands!!!
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TPR members take the last row! Have fun guys!
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See ya Boardwalk Bullet!
Last edited by FreeFaller on Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:14 am.

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Re: Photo TR: Marcel's first TPR adventure and MORE!

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:13 pm

Great TR, Marcel! Good to know Broadwalk Bullet is not rough and I especially look forward to Iron Shark. Guess I have to take a visit to both of these places!

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Re: Photo TR: Marcel's first TPR adventure and MORE!

Postby The Great Zo » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:32 pm

Marcel! Didn't know you went through Detroit. That was the end of my trip -- I have pictures of that same fountain. Can't wait to see the rest of your trip report, I know you had as much fun on the tour as just about anybody! :)
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Postby beatle11 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:46 pm

I wish I could have joined you guys on that pre-trip. Since I have to go back to Texas anyways (stupid Six Flags), I suppose a visit to the Houston area should be on the list. I'm looking forward to the rest of this report!
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Postby cfc » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:54 pm

Your off to a good start--and you've seen more of Texas than I have.
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Re: Photo TR: Marcel's first TPR adventure and MORE!

Postby FreeFaller » Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:54 am

Thank you for the feedback guys! :)

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Re: Photo TR: Marcel's first TPR adventure and MORE!

Postby FreeFaller » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:55 am

Here's another update of my TPR trip adventure! This time, I will report from our Schlitterbahn PRE trip add on day!

First of all, a HUGE thank you to the whole Schlitterbahn crew and Robb&Elissa who made this day AMAZING!

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, TX was my first real waterpark because we don't have those kind of waterparks here in Germany! I liked it a lot especially with all the other TPR members! Together we had an AWESOME time!

After having arrived at Schlitterbahn, we got our wristbands and a great welcome breakfast buffet so that we were prepared for a FUN day at the park! Schlitterbahn offered us cabanas which were reserved for TPR only! It was really nice, because Schlitterbahn's staff kept an eye on our stuff, so we did not have to worry about that and could explore the park. We also got the so much needed ERT on Master Blaster and Blastenhoff (Blastenhoff included resort guests). All that good stuff has been a good start! Since the park is divided into two parks (Old and New Schlitterbahn AND there is a shuttle between those two parks) the group splitted after the walkback to Float the Falls, so people started exploring the park by their own!

Especially the TPR takeover of the lazy river in the older section of the park was AWESOME! We had EXTREME heat and I loved our SUN DANCE because the stones were so hot you could not stand on it for longer than 2 seconds!

After our day at Schlitterbahn we had the AWESOME Welcome Dinner at Grimaldi's where TPR handed out our tour bags, the itinerary and all that good stuff! We ate a LOT of good pizza and had a very good time there! It was a perfect ending for our Day 0!

Again, it was so much fun!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them.

With that being said, let the photos tell the story!
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Waiting for the bus to Schlitterbahn! Ready for some waterpark fun?
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Schlitterbahn wristband! Ready to go!
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Schlitterbahn's river without any guests! This will change when TPR is taking it over!
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Our private cabana! Perfect for a short break from all the HEAT!
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Reserved for THEME PARK REVIEW!
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They even had a ''Schlitterbahn welcomes THEME PARK REVIEW'' banner!
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Staff is getting ready for offering us an AMAZING breakfast!
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YUMMY!
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We even got PRESENTS! That was AWESOME! Thank you guys!
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Hey! The water is really warm!
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Help me! I'm sinking!
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Relaxing!
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Hey guys! It's this way!
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Ready for the drop?
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We're getting soaked!
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Refreshing cold water!
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Your curls were water approved, Alexis!
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Thumbs up for Dragon's Revenge! Ready to be launched!
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We found those nice little crocodiles! Doug has almost been killed by the crocodile!
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Look at my brand new Donut necklace! Isn't it nice?
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Falling down the river!
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Roxanne liked the lazy river but where's her drink?
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Lazy river rush hour!
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Did we get stuck?
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Finish!
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It's time to eat some park food and...
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...take the shuttle back to the new Schlitterbahn park, because...
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we needed a break from the heat! But only for a few minutes because...
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It's all about Theme Park Review! No time for boring breaks!
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You can relax at the bar! Cheers!
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Drinks, nice people from all over the world and a pool! What do you want more?
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WHAT? You're not drinking Marcel? Yes Roxanne! I'm 20 and not allowed to drink in the United States!
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Not drinking was not a problem at all! The others could drink more though!
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After a FUN day at Schlitterbahn, it was time for the TPR Welcome Dinner at Grimaldi's!
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YUMMY! I loved the pizza!
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More pizza!
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What? Another pizza? I'm full!
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At Grimaldi's It's all about delicious food and drinks!
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They offered us even more food!
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Hooray! We got our TPR trip bags with some GREAT stuff!
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TPR knows how to make us happy!
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Re: Photo TR: Marcel's first TPR adventure and MORE!

Postby SuperShawn » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:12 am

Great updates and some fun photos Marcel. We missed thetube slide into the tunnel you guys did, looks like it was a fun one.
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Postby Barge84 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:59 am

Great report, Marcel! I hated that stupid Congo River Expedition ride!
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Re: Photo TR: Marcel's first TPR adventure and MORE!

Postby FreeFaller » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:07 am

Thank you! :) Shawn, the tube slide was really fun! There were some kind of free fall moments :D

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