Nice pictures, Chuck! This is where the nostalgia actually starts for me, since this was my first TPR tour! I had read many TRs and seen the Coaster Expedition videos, but I didn't really know what to expect the trip to be like. It was way more fun (and way more exhausting) than I could have imagined. Robb and Elissa's phenomenal job planning (and dealing with issues, I'm looking a you Satan's Lodge) and getting to know everyone on the trips is what makes TPR trips so much more than going to a bunch of parks and riding coasters. Very much looking forward to the next time I can do one!
I'm finally catching up on all these reports and I've come to realize something Chuck....YOU MUST BE RICH!!!! Seriously, how many trips have you been on?!?! But in all seriousness, if you know you want to go on a trip, then you can plan for it but it is really fun to see all your trip reports in a nutshell. I've always enjoyed reading your reports when you posted them rather soon after the trips because your commentary on the photos always cracks me up.
If I need a good laugh, I have a couple cocktails and then read a famous Chuck "cfc" Trip Report and I'll be aching in my side from laughing so much.
Jimmy "These pictures are great Chuck!!!" Bo
Do not believe this post!
90% of the time, I am sarcastic all the time...it's science!
This was such a good trip! So many TPR tours stand out... but every time Chuck posts a new update in this thread, I find myself smiling and caught up in total wanderlust remembering how much FUN we all had! Even when "Adventure Tour" found a whole new meaning at Satan's Lodge that night... and Banshee nearly poked my eye out... I still look back on it and do nothing but smile and laugh! John and I even did a pre-trip to the two trips PLUS the add on! Crazy stuff. I miss you guys!
I had signed up for Japan (yes, again) in 2015, but my Dad's health was very iffy, so I decided to hold off from any big vacations. Long story short, Dad rallied, and I ended up taking a long weekend for West Coast Bash as my "TPR Trip" that year.
I guess this is technically cheating, but it's my thread, after all. Who's up for a bit of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott's Berry Farm, with a steaming portion of Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and SeaWorld San Diego on the side? You do meet the most interesting people at these events.
West Coast Bash was fun, and I always enjoy the Knott's day, in particular. There's fried chicken, Boysenberry pie, and a sneak peek at Knott's Scary Farm.
Let's check in and get our swag.
Launched Premier coasters were all the rage that year, and SFMM was no exception.
Say it! Say it! You know you want to . . . YOLO!
I rather like Goliath, but I've never grayed out in its HELIX OF DEATH (I305 is another story).
But the real stars here are, of course, Elissa, KT, . . .
. . . and Twisted Colossus. It's very good when it doesn't duel and great when it does.
Here I am with two of the park's best staff members.
Good night, sweet YOLO COASTER!
I think this ride at Knott's Berry Farm was underrated by locals. How can you not enjoy seeing a "crab as big as a cow"?
This is the maintenance bay under the Sierra Sidewinder station. It's a clever use of space.
"As the riders loped on by him he heard one call his name. If you want to save your soul from hell a-riding on our range, Then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride, Trying to catch the devil's herd, across these endless skies."
The new version of the Calico Mine Train shore was purty. I've loved this ride (and the log ride) at Knott's since I was a kid.
Personally, I eat my pie with a fork, but you know what enthusiasts can be like. ;)
It ain't no West Coast Bash till somebody gets shot.
We took a backstage tour of Blood on the Bayou, a Scary Farm maze. Just call me Papa Shango.
It's always nice to relax for a bit in the Sky Cabin . . .
. . . before Xcelerator tries to kill you!
WCB is over, so it's time for the Disneyland Resort! Our first stop was Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom, a place of dreams, fantasy, . . .
. . . and, it would seem, deadly toxins.
That's my brother Ward hanging on for dear life on the bottom. He joined us for a day at Disney.
Canadians love having Pixie Dust blown on them.
One does not simply go to Disneyland and not ride Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
"I find those who fail to ride Mr. Toad's Wild Ride disturbing." More to come.
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