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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:05 pm

Great reports of the California parks! I know how you feel about the original Haunted Mansion. I either hit it for Haunted Mansion Holiday or when it's under rehab to be converted back to the original.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:47 pm

Was not expecting to see a WCB TR in this, but am glad nonetheless! One of the things I miss about living in Arizona was how easy it was to fly to California for the weekend and do a WCB (one year I went just for the Knott's day because they are full of so much fun). WCB 2013 was my first TPR event and a few of the people I met that weekend are the reason I ended up doing the Mini New Hotness/East Coast trip the next year, so I will consider it as my gateway drug!

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:45 pm

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But the rain can't stop Pizza Port . . .
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. . . and beer! That's all for now.

:lover: :lover: :lover:

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:41 pm

I think this may have been my last trip to SoCal?!!? I honestly don't remember. I know KT and I are past due though for a big triumphant return!

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:12 am

^General Patton has some advice for your "triumphant return."
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:55 pm

Europe 2016

Most of the group started in Paris Disneyland (or just in Paris), but I couldn't meet them until they hit Amsterdam.

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And that's where they found me--at the hotel, struggling against jet lag until the TPR bus arrived. I'm not sure how many times I dropped off, but I think the book I was reading hit the floor a few times that morning. But it was all worth it. Elissa arranged a great tour of some art museums, as well as the city, that day. Yes, there was a fair amount of culture among the Van Goghs and Rembrandts, with a touch of the Red Light District (well, it does have historical value, being in the oldest part of the city and all). That night, Derek took Dan, John, and I on a cultural tour of another sort, in which a number of fermented hoppy beverages were swigged down.

Yes, it was a great first day and night in Amsterdam, followed by plenty of parks from the Netherlands to Sweden.
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Yes, Amsterdam is a beautiful city teeming with culture . . .
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. . . and floating in beer. (This joint under the windmill was particularly good.)
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Off to Walibi Holland for what has to be the most underrated coaster in Europe: Lost Gravity. Local enthusiasts have been downplaying this coaster, even though it's a great ride. I think the folks in this car share my opinion.
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Goliath is anything but underrated, however.
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Hmm--KT seems to be having some issues with the Nautic Jets at Potts Park.
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I think I'll just ride the bunnies.
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Heide Park has changed a lot since I last visited with TPR in '08. Krake was a nicely themed Dive Coaster in which you're swallowed then expelled rather rudely from a kraken.
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Flug der Damonen was a nicely themed Wingrider. I like the demonic trains.
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Back to Hansa Park, which boasts a great, truly scary coaster called Karnan.
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Derek was so frightened by Karnan that he had to be tied up for his own protection.
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Just get a load of how insane that ride looks! There's crazy airtime everywhere, too.
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Van Helsing was the best ride at Movie Park.
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Unfortunately, they still have Bandit--one of the worst things ever built.
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This is probably the only decent picture I've ever taken of Phantasialand's best coaster--Winjas. But the dang thing is just so speedy and spinny!
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Chiapas is my favorite flume ride behind Timber Mountain at Knott's and Disney's Splash Mountains.
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Hmm--I don't recall Glinda the Good being a creepy hipster dude the last time I rode Hollywood Tour.
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Premiere launched rides contiued to be all the rage! Seriously, how many of these rides have been built? Sky Scream has the added bonus of making the queue into a "haunt" maze.
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I'm pleased to report that Expedition GeForce is an amazing as ever--especially when you get extra, extra ERT!
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The Bell Rock is yet another great resort at Europa Park.
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Blue Fire's loop is fun, but this Mack coaster saves its big thrill for the end. Watch out for that last inversion!
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On the plus side, Wodan is a beautiful looking structure with a very nice "Valhalla" theme--and fire. On the other hand, it's not one of GCI's better coasters.
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Arthur was a very cool dark ride. The ride system is essentially an inverted powered coaster. I think Disney or Universal could do some cool stuff with it, too.
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"Ye set me heart aflame, ye brazen wench!" (What--too soon? I'm looking forward to riding the rebuilt Pirates of Batavia someday.)
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I'd forgotten about this odd version of the "Jungle Cruise."
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This is the first time I've ever see Europa after dark.
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Yes, this park has been afforded more photos than the others. But, hey, it's Europa!
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Welcome to Grona Lund in Stockholm! I like to say we flew in on this balloon, but that would be a lie.
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Jetline continues to kick butt, as you can tell by these happy riders.
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Insane still lives up to its name.
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This woman really likes Grona Lund.
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The walk-through tour of Bla Taget was very interesting.
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Aw, who wants to adopt this poor kitty?
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Yep--Grona Lund is a classic park that just keeps getting better.
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Zoos in the U.S. will feature a kiddie coaster, if you're lucky. Kolmarden has Wildfire!
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I think the hair of the girl in the sixth row sums up this ride pretty well.
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The Sky Safari is great, too.
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How often do you get to look down on giraffes?
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Hurry up! You don't what to be late for the bus!
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Looks like the tiger ordered in today.
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Let's end with a bear playing ball. Be more like the bear, folks. That's all for now.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:16 pm

This hurts a little more than normal as we were supposed to be at Europa right now.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:26 pm

Amazing looking trip! I really need to make it over to Europe to check out these parks

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:36 am

SharkTums wrote:This hurts a little more than normal as we were supposed to be at Europa right now.


Aw, I'm sorry. I understand your feelings, as I wish I was at Europa, too. :(

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:02 am

Love the pics as always. A good many parks on here that I would love to visit at some point!
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